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November 9, 1992 | JAMES F. GLASS, James F. Glass is an aerospace engineer who lives in Chatsworth.
For I dipp'd into the future, Far as human eye could see; Saw the Vision of the World, And all the wonder that would be. Saw the heav'ns fill with commerce, Argosies of magic sails; Pilots of the purple twilight, Dropping down with costly bales. -- Tennyson, "Locksley Hall " I was 6 in 1957, the year that Sputnik was launched. I still remember hearing about the Soviet Union's success on the car radio as my family drove to visit friends.
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July 18, 1999 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bud Benner, 74, had worked on tough jobs before the Apollo moon project, helping to design the X-15 rocket plane that flew at six times the speed of sound. But the race to the moon was at another level of human endeavor. Assistant chief engineer at North American Aviation in Downey, Benner was grappling with one of the smallest pieces of the Apollo project and perhaps the most complex: the command module.
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July 18, 1999 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocket engineer Arnie Sodergren walked up a driveway strewn with weeds and through the open door of a dilapidated, concrete building on a rocky hillside. Except for the sound of his feet shuffling through broken ceiling tiles and other rubble on the floor, all was quiet. He stopped in the middle of a bare room. "Wernher von Braun used to stand where I am standing now," said Sodergren, 62.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1994 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lockheed Corp. and Rocketdyne have proposed a radical, reusable wedged-shaped spacecraft with rocket engines to lift it into orbit and return in one piece, and which could by next decade replace the current space shuttle and the country's fleet of expendable rockets.
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September 2, 1995 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory are unaccustomed to seeing a bower of roses and a five-piece rock band where they test-fire the rocket engines that power the space shuttle. But they are not accustomed to having weddings there either. On Friday, quality assurance engineer Deborah (Debbie) Peterson and engineering specialist Joseph (Joe) Koncel exchanged vows just above the flame bucket on the grill of a steel testing tower known familiarly as "Alfa 3."
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September 2, 1995 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quality assurance engineer Debbie Peterson and engineering specialist Joe Koncel exchanged wedding vows Friday just above the flame bucket on the grill of a steel testing tower known familiarly as "Alpha 3" in a sparsely inhabited canyon of the Santa Susana Mountains between Chatsworth and Simi Valley.
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February 12, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
White-hot acetylene torches bite into the steel bones of the abandoned hulk known as Vertical Test Stand-1, cutting apart the rusted cradle of American rocketry. Rocketdyne is demolishing this relic of the Cold War and the space race. Not because it cares little for history, but because it needs to save money. U.S. scientists of the 1950s and '60s labored feverishly here at Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory, testing prototype rocket engines that they prayed could beat the Soviets.
BUSINESS
October 28, 1998 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boeing has fallen seven months behind schedule and is facing mounting costs on its revolutionary engine for the X-33 rocket plane, an experimental vehicle at the heart of NASA's effort to develop a low-cost reusable space launcher, the government disclosed Tuesday. The setback was caused by technical difficulties in bonding key high-temperature engine parts at Boeing's Rocketdyne facility in Canoga Park, where the X-33's novel linear aerospike engine is being built.
NEWS
October 28, 1986 | Associated Press
Early tests show that a new rocket engine design will eliminate the flaws that caused the space shuttle Challenger to blow up, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration official said Monday. John Thomas, manager of NASA's solid rocket motor redesign team, also said the space agency is on track toward a resumption of space flights in early 1988.
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