New Books and Articles of Interest
T.A. Heppenheimer has a new book on the development of the American and Soviet space programs. Called Countdown: A History of Space Flight, it focuses primarily upon civilian space programs, but includes some material on the early military programs as well. It is available for $30 from John Wiley & Sons. James Harford has a new biography of Soviet space designer Sergei Korolov. It is called Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon, available for $30 from John Wiley & Sons. It touches upon some Soviet military space programs.
Robert McDonald recently published a monograph on the CORONA program. Called CORONA Between the Sun & the Earth: The First NRO Reconnaissance Eye in Space. It is available for $85 (yes, $85) from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (301-493-0290). Curtis Peebles is also reportedly working on a book on CORONA for the US Naval Institute Press. Title and publication date are unknown. A book edited by Dwayne A. Day, John Logsdon, and Brian Latell, titled Eye in the Sky: The Story of the CORONA Reconnaissance Satellite, will be published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in February 1998. The book includes much material from the unprecedented symposium on CORONA held in May 1995, as well as many newly released photographs.
In August, David Spires will publish Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership. The book will be released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the US Air Force and will be unveiled at the Air Force Space Command celebration in August 1997.
Major Roy Houchin, of the Air Staff History Office, is currently working on a book on the X-20 Dyna-Soar spaceplane for the Smithsonian Institution Press. It is based on his 1995 Ph.D. dissertation at Auburn University. Captain Mark Erickson recently completed a Ph.D. dissertation called "The Evolution of the NASA-DoD Relationship from Sputnik to the Lunar Landing," at the George Washington University. Copies of Ph.D. dissertations can usually be obtained through a library loan program offered by most local libraries. Captain Erickson, a former Minuteman II operations officer, will soon begin training as an operations officer for the Defense Support Program.
Jeff Richelson is currently working on a book on the history of the Defense Support Program. He is also working on two journal articles on the creation and evolution of the National Reconnaissance Office and the decision to declassify the existence of the NRO. No further information on publication dates or publishers is available.
The second volume of Exploring the Unknown has just been released by NASA. This series contains selected documents from the civilian spaceprogram and some early military space programs. Each volume contains 3-4 chapters, arranged thematically and led by an essay followed by official documents. Volume II is edited by John Logsdon, Dwayne A. Day, and Roger Launius, and includes a chapter on civil-military cooperation in space, including documents from 1959 proposing the creation of a separate military space agency, from the mid-1960s on sharing the Gemini program, and on cooperative efforts in the 1970s and 80s on the space shuttle. It is available from the Government Printing Office.
The June issue of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) focuses on military space history. It includes an article on the Soviet ASAT program and another on the Soviet Zenit photoreconnaissance satellite. It also includes an article on US military communications satellites and the first of a two-part history of the MIDAS program. A second issue, dealing primarily with Navy satellite programs like Transit, NOTS and the Naval Research Laboratory's smallsats, will appear in 1998.
Several articles by Dwayne Day have appeared in recent issues of Spaceflight magazine. An article on unusual space intelligence missions of the Cold War (including the 1959 kidnapping of a Soviet lunar probe) appeared in the March issue. An article on the KH-6 LANYARD spacecraft appears in the May issue. Articles on the KH-5 ARGON and later mapping cameras of the CORONA program will appear shortly. A 6-7 part series on the CORONA program will appear later this year. Both JBIS and Spaceflight are available from the British Interplanetary Society, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1SZ London, United Kingdom.
Also of possible interest to AFSOA members is an article on the later versions of the U-2 aircraft in the spring 1997 edition of World Airpower Journal, and an article on military aircraft overflights of the Soviet Union in the spring issue of Military History Quarterly. A book by William Leary and Leonard Leschack on a joint Navy/Air Force/CIA mission to an abandoned Soviet scientific outpost in the Arctic in 1962 may also interest some AFSOA members. Called Project Coldfeet, the book deals extensively with the development of the Fulton Skyhook for retrieving objects and personnel from the ground using a line attached to a cable held aloft by a balloon and snagged by an aircraft. It costs $27.95. Paul Lashmar has also written a book called Spy Flights of the Cold War which details some U-2 and British Canberra flights over the Soviet Union. It costs $29.95. Both books are available from the US Naval Institute Press.