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In 1962 and 1963, Carl Mellren Hanson, an employee of Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. traveled the country promoting his idea to transform the Saturn V stage into a manned space laboratory. This idea eventually caught the attention of Wernher von Braun of NASA. Although von Braun was intrigued by Hanson's proposal, he considered the idea too risky. Soon after, work began on Skylab. Hanson's proposed idea helped to lay the groundwork for the Skylab program.

Identifier

NASM.2006.0057

Creator

Hanson, Carl M.

Date

bulk 1962-1967

Provenance

Carl Hanson, Gift, 2006

Extent

0.72 Cubic feet ((2 boxes))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Sketches

Slides (photographs)

Transparencies

Photographs

Reports

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of slides, transparencies, photographs, sketches, and documents donated by Carl Hanson documenting his proposal to transform the Saturn V stage into a manned space laboratory. Included here are patent applications and correspondence for the Space Vehicle Centrifuge; NASA Technical Note D-1504, "A Report on the Research and Technological Problems of Manned Rotating Spacecraft" August 1962; two copies of the ASME publication, "Utilization of Expended Booster Stages for Manned Space Laboratories;" March 7, 1963 press release; four reports from the Missile and Space Systems Division of the Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc.; four sketches; 28 photographs; and 63 slides used for his presentation.

Genre/Form

Sketches

Slides (photographs)

Slides (photographs)

Transparencies

Photographs

Reports

Rights

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Topics Space flight
Skylab Orbital Workshop
Astronautics
Saturn 5 Launch Vehicle

Citation

Manned Space Laboratory Proposal Papers, Accession number 2006-0057, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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