By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- Research findings on Aeronautics and Astronautics are discussed in a new report. According to news originating from Dresden, Germany, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "In 2012 we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first successful rocket launch that reached a height of 84.5 km and had a speed of 4.824 km/h (5x sonic speed). This rocket flew 190 km to the target location."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Technical University, "One of the masterminds of this launch was Walter Thiel, a German chemist and rocket engineer. Thiel was highly talented, during his education from primary school until diploma exams he always received a grade of A in his exams. He was called 'the student with the 7 A grades'. In 1934 Thiel became Dr.-Ing. (chem.), with the highest possible honor (summa cum laude), when he was only 24 years old. He started to work for the rocket development department at Humboldt University, Berlin. Walter Dornberger asked him to leave the university research department and become head of rocket propulsion development in his team in Kummersdorf, near Berlin. Thiel's groundbreaking ideas for the rocket engine would lead to a significant reduction in material, weight and work processes, as well as a shortening in the length of the engine itself. Thiel and his team also defined the fuel itself and the best ratio of mixture between ethanol and liquid oxygen for the engine. In 1940 the propulsion team moved from Kummersdorf to Peenemunde after the launch sites were completed there. Thiel became deputy of Wernher von Braun at the R&D units. One of Thiel's team members was Konrad Dannenberg, who later became famous in the development of the Saturn program. On the night from August 17 to August 18, 1943, Thiel and his family (wife and two children) were killed during a Royal Air Force bombing raid (Operation Hydra). The Moon crater 'Thiel' on the far side of the Moon is named after Walter Thiel."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The research results of Walter Thiel had a strong impact on the United States' rocket program as well as the Russian rocket development program."
For more information on this research see: Walter Thiel-Short life of a rocket scientist. Acta Astronautica, 2013;91():302-312. Acta Astronautica can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Acta Astronautica - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/310)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from K. Thiel, Technical University of Dresden, Inst Luft & Raumfahrttech, D-01062 Dresden, Germany.
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Dresden, Germany, Aeronautics and Astronautics
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