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AUXILIARY POWER,

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND RADIATION

OF THE

JOINT COMMITTEE ON ATOMIC ENERGY

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES

EIGHTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

NUCLEAR ENERGY FOR SPACE PROPULSION

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AND AUXILIARY POWER

AUGUST 28 AND 29, 1961

Printed for the use of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy

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WASHINGTON : 1961

JOINT COMMITTEE ON ATOMIC ENERGY

CHET HOLIFIELD, California, Chairman

JOHN O. PASTORE, Rhode Island, Vice Chairman MELVIN PRICE, Illinois

RICHARD B. RUSSELL, Georgia WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado

CLINTON P. ANDERSON, New Mexico ALBERT THOMAS, Texas

ALBERT GORE, Tennessee THOMAS G. MORRIS, New Mexico

HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington JAMES E. VAN ZANDT, Pennsylvania

BOURKE B. HICKENLOOPER, Iowa CRAIG HOSMER, California.

HENRY DWORSHAK, Idaho WILLIAM H. BATES, Massachusetts

GEORGE D, AIKEN, Vermont
JACK WESTLAND, Washington

WALLACE F. BENNETT, Utah
JAMES T. RAMEY, Executive Director
JOHN T. CONWAY, Assistant Director

SUBCOMMITTEE ON RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND RADIATION

MELVIN PRICE, Mlinois, Chairman CHET HOLIFIELD, California

JOHN O. PASTORE, Rhode Island JAMES E. VAN ZANDT, Pennsylvania

ALBERT GORE, Tennessee
CRAIG HOSMER, California

HENRY M. JACKSON, Washinrton
BOURKE B, HICKENLOOPER, Iows

GEORGE D. AIKEN, Vermont
EDWARD J. BAUSER, Technical Adviser

HEARING DATES

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STATEMENTS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD

Aerojet-General Corp., W. E. Zisch, executive vice president

Air Force:

Thorne, Col. Ola P., AFRDC-AE:

Air Force interest in electric propulsion.-

Air Force interest in Pluto.

Air Force interest in Rover_

General Dynamics Corp., Frederic de Hoffmann, senior vice president, also

president, general atomic division...

General Electric Co., by L. R. Fink, general manager, atomic products

division..

Westinghouse Electric Corp., J. W. Simpson, vice president and general

manager, atomic power division.

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CORRESPONDENCE INSERTED IN THE RECORD

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Bergen, William B., president, the Martin Co., to John A. McCone, Chair-

man, AEC, dated June 24, 1960, concerning the establishing of national

goals and policies for the use of radioisotopes as a source of energy
Luedecke, Gen. A. R., General Manager, AEC, to Congressman Craig

Hosmer, dated September 19, 1961, on the exchange of information
between the SNAP reactor and radioisotope program contractors --

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Luedecke, Gen. A. R., General Manager, AEC, to James T. Ramey, execu-
tive director, JCAE, dated October 11, 1961, commenting on the report
of Maj. John Poulson on reasons why a SNAP radioisotope unit should

not be considered for the first five Vela Hotel satellites.--.
Poulson, Maj. John A., U.S. Air Force, letter dated September 11, 1961,

to Congressman Holifield, regarding utilization of radioistope (ŚNAP)

power sources for the Vela Hotel experimental satellites.-

Price, Congressman Melvin, chairman, Subcommittee on Research,

Development, and Radiation,

to Dr. Harold Brown, Director, Defense

Research and Engineering, DOD, dated August 7, 1961, relating to the

hearings on the Pluto nuclear ramjet project--

Price, Congressman Melvin, chairman, Subcommittee on Research,

Development, and Radiation, JCAE, to Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, Chair-

man, AEC, dated August 7, 1961, announcing public hearings on the

Rover, SNAP, and Pluto programs--

Price, Congressman Melvin, chairman, Subcommittee on Research,

Development, and Radiation, to James E. Webb, Administrator, NASA,

dated August 7, 1961, announcing the hearings on the Rover project.--

Ramey, James T., executive director, JCAE, to Gen. A. R. Luedecke,

General Manager, AEC, dated September 14, 1961, asking for comment

on an evaluation of the use of SNAP for Vela Hotel satellites by Maj.

John A. Poulson of ARPA...

Ramey, James T., executive director, JCAE, to Eugene M. Zuckert, Secre-

tary of the Air Force, dated April 4, 1961, concerning the plans of the

Air Force for carrying the nuclear ramjet development project through

to completion.

Ramey, James T., executive director, JCAE, to Eugene M. Zuckert, Secre-

tary of the Air Force, dated May 15, 1961, requesting a copy of the new

proposal on the Pluto nuclear ramjet by the Air Force Systems Com-

mand..

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ADDITIONAL MATERIAL INSERTED IN THE RECORD

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Press release No. 328, dated August 13, 1961, from the JCAE announcing

the nuclear rocket hearings-
Press release No. 329, dated August 20, 1961, from the JCAE, announcing

the witnesses for the hearings on the Rover nuclear rocket.

Roster of Ad Hoc Group for Evaluation of Nuclear Ramjet, list of studies,

and summary of correspondence concerning the nuclear ramjet...

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