Aaron Cohen was born in Corsicana, Texas on January 5, 1931. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1952, Cohen served as a U.S. Army officer for two years during the Korean War era. On returning to civilian life, he worked for RCA as a microwave tube design engineer from 1954 to 1958, whereupon he moved to General Dynamics Corporation. In 1958, Cohen received a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology.
In 1962, Cohen joined NASA as a structures and materials engineer in the Spacecraft Research Division. He assumed positions of progressively greater responsibility until he was named manager of the Apollo Command and Service Modules in 1969. Cohen held this position until 1972, when he became manager of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Office. In this capacity, Cohen oversaw the design, development, production, and test flights of the Space Shuttle orbiters. In 1982, he was promoted to Director of Engineering at the Johnson Space Center, and four years later, he became director of the center. He served in that post until 1992. Aaron Cohen then served as the Acting Deputy Administrator of NASA between February 19, 1992, and November 1, 1992. In 1993, Cohen retired from NASA to become H.B. Zachry Professor of Engineering at Texas A&M University, his alma mater, while simultaneously serving as a senior technical advisor for Kistler Aerospace Corporation in Kirkland, Washington.
The collection covers Aaron Cohen’s career from 1954 to 2009 with biographical and personnel data; correspondence; writings, speeches, and interviews by Cohen; documents from RCA, NASA, and Texas A& M University; NASA presentations and proposals; honors and awards; reports and studies; slides and transparencies; publications; business cards; and DVD recordings of class lectures. Box 1 contains biographical data, correspondence, writings by Cohen, speeches and interviews by him, and schematic drawings from RCA. Box 2 contains other RCA documents and NASA presentations. Box 3 contains additional NASA presentations and proposals, information on honors and awards, information on Cohen’s participation in AeroAstro annual, and a report on space exploration cost. Box 4 contains NASA reports and studies as well as publications and newspaper clippings and flyers, slides, photographs, and transparencies. Box 5 contains miscellaneous documents, business cards, and DVDs of Cohen’s lectures at MIT.
The Allan DuPont Papers is composed of internal NASA presentations, professional presentations, memos, and other related documentation, from NASA employee Allan DuPont’s time working in the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Subsystem at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, from 1963 to 2016. The majority of the collection consists PowerPoint-style presentation slide pages (printouts and transparencies). Topics within the collection include Rendezvous Proximity Operations & Capture Rendezvous (RPOC) between the International Space Station and various service vehicles; the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle; the European Space Agency Automated Transfer Vehicle; detailing of the development, testing and integration of the H-II Transfer vehicle and Automated Transfer Vehicle with NASA and the ISS; and other topics.
The Paul F. Horsman Papers is composed of meeting notes, notebooks, calendars, memos, engineering drawings, engineering calculations and notes, research information, memos, design plans, planning records, Space Shuttle crew compartment configuration drawing booklets, published reports, booklets, published presentations, published conference proceedings, contractor reports and manuals, NASA publications, NASA handbooks and manuals, NASA strategic plans, telephone directories, photographs, and miscellaneous materials, created and used by NASA Johnson Space Center engineer Paul F. Horsman. Horsman worked for NASA as one of the original 40 engineers and scientists with NASA’s Space Force Task Force in Langley, Virginia. He worked from 1962 to 1997 at NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas.
Horsman worked in various divisions and offices at NASA for the Mercury and Apollo programs from 1959 to the early 1970s, before turning to work on Space Shuttle orbiter engineering work. The main two departments in which he worked were the Electro-mechanical Systems Section of the Guidance and Control Division of the Engineering Directorate, and Space Shuttle Integration and Operations Office. Some of the most unique materials in the collection include Horsman’s personal meeting and engineering notebooks; orbiter crew compartment configuration drawings; design records and research on addressing addressed the issues of stabilization of magnetic torquers, which were used on the Apollo missions and in early design work for the Space Shuttle; and Horsman’s engineering drawings of the Mercury capsule design, and the designs for the Mercury flight simulator created between September 1959 and April 1960.
The Robert M. Kelso Papers is composed of flight manuals, handbooks, checklists, press kits, memorandums, telephone directories, and miscellaneous materials, used and kept by Robert M. Kelso while he worked as flight controller and later lead flight director in Flight Operations in Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The bulk of the materials are handbooks, flight manuals, and console binders used by Kelso during the first three Space Shuttle Orbiter missions STS-1, STS-2, and STS-3, while working as a flight controller for the Shuttle between 1981 and 1982. There are also operational manuals, binders, and other records from the Space Shuttle missions STS-5, STS-8, STS-12, and STS-13. One of the more unique items in the collection is Kelso’s original National Space Transportation System reference press kit binder from 1988, providing information shared with the public regarding the Space Shuttle STS program.
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