Accession Number : ADA323167

Title :   The Beginnings of Research in Space Biology at the Air Force Missile Development Center, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico 1946 - 1952,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE MISSILE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOLLOMAN AFB NM

Personal Author(s) : Hanrahan, James S.

PDF Url : ADA323167

Report Date : 1952

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : The Man-High balloon flights of 1957--the second of which on 19-20 August carried Major David G. Simons aloft for more than thirty-two hours and to a space-equivalent height of over 100,000 feet--dramatically emphasize the varied mission performed by the Air Force Missile Development Center. All projects at this Center are related in some way to progress in the field of guided missiles and space vehicles, but by no means are all concerned with the actual development and testing of such objects. Project Man High, for example, was designed and sponsored by the Center's Aeromedical Field Laboratory to explore the high-altitude environment in which men, missiles and high-performance aircraft will operate, rather than to test missiles themselves. Moreover Man-High was not an isolated project but was the culmination of a history of investigations of physical and biophysical conditions of the extreme upper atmosphere and the borders of space which began at Holloman Air Force Base more than ten years before.

Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE FACILITIES, *AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION, *SPACE BIOLOGY, TEST AND EVALUATION, GUIDED MISSILES, PORTABLE EQUIPMENT, SPACECRAFT, ENVIRONMENTS, HIGH RATE, AIRCRAFT, HUMANS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), ISOLATION, HISTORY, HIGH ALTITUDE, LABORATORIES, FIELD EQUIPMENT, UPPER ATMOSPHERE, BIOPHYSICS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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