By L. Parker Temple III
Implosion is a concentrated research of the heritage and makes use of of high-reliability, solid-state electronics, army criteria, and house structures that aid our nationwide defense and security. This publication is exclusive in combining the interdependent evolution of and interrelationships between army criteria, solid-state electronics, and extremely high-reliability house systems.
Starting with a quick description of the physics that enabled the advance of the 1st transistor, Implosion covers the necessity for standardizing army electronics, which all started in the course of international warfare II and keeps this day. The publication indicates how those dual themes affected, and mostly enabled, the top reliability and such a lot technologically able robot structures ever conceived.
This riveting heritage is helping readers:
- Realize the complicated interdependence of solid-state electronics and sensible implementations within the nationwide protection and protection house programs
- Understand the evolution of army criteria for piece elements, caliber, and reliability as they affected those programs
- Gain perception into the tried reforms of federal structures acquisition of safeguard- and defense-related house platforms within the latter 1/2 the 20th century
- Appreciate the complexity of technological know-how and know-how public coverage judgements within the context of political, organizational, and monetary realities
Written in transparent, jargon-free language, yet with lots of technical aspect, Implosion is a must-read for aerospace and aviation engineers, brands, and fanatics; expertise scholars and historians; and someone attracted to the background of expertise, army expertise, and the distance program.
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For the new entries into the industry, showing their rapid growth in technology contributions: High military interest in transistors was expressed as financial support. Military support was not limited to fundamental and applied research, as the Army Signal Corps began underwriting development of manufacturing facilities. Western Electric, the manufacturing alter ego of Bell Labs, built a huge facility in Laureldale, Pennsylvania, in 1953 at Signal Corps expense. 29 Proliferation of research across many companies meant an inevitable problem in lack of standardization, just as vacuum tubes had experienced ten years earlier.
This was a crucial factor in the early 1950s, when point-contact transistors might cost nearly $20 each, compared to only a dollar or so for a vacuum tube. After 1951 the armed services began pouring millions of dollars into transistor development at the labs. From 1953 to 1955, for example, almost half the money spent there for this purpose came from the military. And in 1953 the Signal Corps even underwrote the construction costs of a Western Electric plan in Reading, Pennsylvania, devoted to mass producing transistors.
A solid fuel missile, for instance, had no need for fueling prior to launch. Neither did it require ground handling nor have any of a litany of other shortcomings that made Atlas merely an interim ICBM. With solid state electronics, such a third generation missile would literally be ready to go on a moment’s notice. In August 1957, the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division’s (AFBMD, successor to WDD) Col. Edward N. 2 Learning from the Atlas and Titan, the new 1 Robert L. Perry, The Ballistic Missile Decisions, Rand Pamphlet P-3686 (Santa Monica, California: RAND, October 1967), 17–18; Robert L.