SP-4304 SEARCHING THE HORIZON: A History of Ames Research Center, 1940-1976

 

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Infrared image of the southern end of San Francisco Bay

Infrared image of the southern end of San Francisco Bay, taken at 21,000 meters by one of Ames's U-2 research aircraft. Ames can be identified by the runway just left of center.

 

 

FOREWORD.

PREFACE.

 

1. THE BEGINNINGS, 1939-1945.
The Background
Source Notes
 
2. THE POSTWAR PERIOD, 1945-1952.
High-Speed Research
Postwar Facilities
External Relations
Ames and Headquarters
Source Notes
 
3. THE LEAN YEARS, 1952-1957.
Organizational Changes
Administrative Methods
Generating Research
Research Directions
Source Notes
 
4. THE FORMATION OF NASA, 1958.
Ames in 1957
The NACA in 1957 .
The Beginnings of the Space Program
The Establishment of NASA
Source Notes
 
5. THE LIFE SCIENCES DIRECTORATE.
Life Sciences Comes to NASA.
Life Sciences Comes to Ames.
Studying the Problem to Death.
Early Problems at Ames.
Life Sciences Accepted - More or Less .
Source Notes.
 
6. AMES DURING NASA'S GOLDEN YEARS, 1958-1969.
Immediate Changes.
Organizational Changes.
Research Directions.
Departure of De France.
Source Notes.
 
7. AMES AFTER APOLLO, 1969-1976.
Diverse Activities.
The New Approach.
New Facilities.
New Associations.
New Philosophies.
Source Notes.
 
8. HOW A RESEARCH DIRECTORATE WORKS.
Organizational Changes in the Astronautics Directorate.
Reusable Surface Insulation - Branch-Level Initiative.
Computational Fluid Dynamics - Management Decisions.
U-2 Research - Facilities Lead to New Research.
Source Notes.
 
9. AMES IN A LARGER CONTEXT.
Community Ties.
Research Ties with Academia.
Spinoff Technology.
Source Notes.
 
10. RESEARCH CENTER INSTEAD OF AERONAUTICAL LABORATORY.
Physical Characteristics.
Personnel.
Management Methods and Organization.
Working Conditions.
The Pioneer Projects.
Source Notes.
 
APPENDIX A - ORGANIZATION CHARTS, 1940-1976
APPENDIX B - BUDGETS, 1940- 1976
APPENDIX C - PERSONNEL, 1940- 1976 .....
APPENDIX D - SUPPORT CONTRACT WORKERS, 1966-1976 .
APPENDIX E - CHRONOLOGY OF MAJOR EVENTS IN THE TEXT.
APPENDIX F - CHRONOLOGY, 1977 - 1980
APPENDIX G - MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AWARDS WON BY AMES PERSONNEL, 1940-1980.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY.
INDEX.
THE AUTHOR.


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