By David N Spires; United States. Air Force Space Command.; Air University (U.S.). Press.; et al
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This was von Kdrmdn's wish, too. Because of expected opposition within the Air Force to a "civilian" report that called for radical change, sympathetic officers like Major General Donald L. Putt, the Director of Research and Development in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Materiel, helped create a parallel, senior-level military group that would undertake a review similar to the Ridenour study and thereby promote broader acceptance for its recommendations . Their efforts produced the Anderson Committee, named for its chairman, Air University's General O.
Satellites, however, not only suffered from association with the "fantastic," but left many unconvinced of their military utility. Back in 1946, while service jurisdiction over satellites remained undecided following the May meeting of the Aeronautical Board, Rand continued with its 24 Before Sputnik remarkable series of satellite studies . " Led by James E . Lipp, head of Project Rand's Missiles Division, it provided detailed specifications for a reconnaissance satellite comprised of a three-stage rocket booster with a gross weight of 82,ooo pounds, orbiting at 350 miles, and costing $82 million .
Rand's 1947 study had shown the serious complications associated with designing a recoverable space vehicle . This drew their attention in the years ahead almost entirely to instrumented satellites rather than manned spaceships . The issue for instrumented satellites then became what equipment would be necessary and what military purposes would they serve? Rand analysts addressed these questions in several 1949 studies, including one entitled "Utility of a Satellite Vehicle for Reconnaissance," and in a study conference in 1949 it sponsored on the military usefulness of satellites .
Beyond horizons : a half century of Air Force space leadership by David N Spires; United States. Air Force Space Command.; Air University (U.S.). Press.; et al