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that the re-entry problem for long-range missiles would be difficult to solve. The initiation seemed logical, too, from another standpoint, for North American Aviation (NAA) was on the verge of developing a power unit capable of 135,000 pounds of thrust, which could be either adapted to the REDSTONE or used in new missile development 4 . Eventually, many of the recommendations of the Redstone group were adopted, that is, with reference to the technical pursuit, but not in 1954, for DA and DOD felt that further study was necessary. Redstone was persistent, however, for as late as December, proposals for long-range missile development were forwarded to OCO. Reactions were mild. At the outset of 1955, it appeared that the cycle of study and propose was to continue, when OCO directed Redstone to make a study of a family of missiles for Army use. To some extent, this did remain the pattern, but informal information gleaned by OCO in February eventually brought changes. With regard to the continuing studies, a July proposal for a 1,500-range missile led to a specific development program. As for the February item, OCO learned that the Air Force intended to invite proposals for the development of a 1,000-mile missile using existing hardware. An announcement had also been made in January by the Air Force confirming the fact that Convair was working on the ATLAS 5,000-mile ICBM 5 . ______________________________
4. Ltr, RSA to OCO, 31 Jul 54,.subj: Army Long-Range Msl Sys, and annex, subj: A Pro; of Feasibility Studies & Spting Res for a Long Range Msl Pro, Hist Off files. 5. ABMA Ref Book: JUP, Part I, Tab A-4, Hist Off files.6. DA Pam 70-10, p. 118; House Rpt Nr 67, 87th Congress, 1st Session, subj: A Chronology of Missile and Astronautic Events, Washington, D.C., 1961; Emme, Eugene M., Aeronautics and Astronautics, NASA, 1961.
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that the re-entry problem for long-range missiles would be difficult to solve. The initiation seemed logical, too, from another standpoint, for North American Aviation (NAA) was on the verge of developing a power unit capable of 135,000 pounds of thrust, which could be either adapted to the REDSTONE or used in new missile development 4 . Eventually, many of the recommendations of the Redstone group were adopted, that is, with reference to the technical pursuit, but not in 1954, for DA and DOD felt that further study was necessary. Redstone was persistent, however, for as late as December, proposals for long-range missile development were forwarded to OCO. Reactions were mild. At the outset of 1955, it appeared that the cycle of study and propose was to continue, when OCO directed Redstone to make a study of a family of missiles for Army use. To some extent, this did remain the pattern, but informal information gleaned by OCO in February eventually brought changes. With regard to the continuing studies, a July proposal for a 1,500- range missile led to a specific development program. As for the February item, OCO learned that the Air Force intended to invite proposals for the development of a 1,000-mile missile using existing hardware. An announcement had also been made in January by the Air Force confirming the fact that Convair was working on the ATLAS 5,000-mile ICBM 5 . ______________________________
4. Ltr, RSA to OCO, 31 Jul 54,.subj: Army Long-Range Msl Sys, and annex, subj: A Pro; of Feasibility Studies & Spting Res for a Long Range Msl Pro, Hist Off files. 5. ABMA Ref Book: JUP, Part I, Tab A-4, Hist Off files.6. DA Pam 70-10, p. 118; House Rpt Nr 67, 87th Congress, 1st Session, subj: A Chronology of Missile and Astronautic Events, Washington, D.C., 1961; Emme, Eugene M., Aeronautics and Astronautics, NASA, 1961.
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