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The first UAS Flight Test Center was created between the FAA and NMSU in 2008. This site was added to the six congressionally directed sites that were later selected in 2013.

PSL Alumni History Project - Rocketry: Scientist Robert H. Goddard

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Robert H. Goddard, a physics professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, wanted to go to the MOON!!!

"In 1929, an 11-ft. missile caused such a stir the police were called. Where there are police there is inevitably the press, and next day the local paper ran the horse-laughing headline: MOON ROCKET MISSES TARGET BY 238,799 1/2 MILES. For Goddard, the East Coast was clearly becoming a cramped place to be. In 1930, with the promise of a $100,000 grant from financier Harry Guggenheim, Goddard and his wife Esther headed west to Roswell, N.Mex., where the land was vast and the launch weather good, and where the locals, they were told, minded their business." From Rocket Scientist ROBERT GODDARD By Jeffrey Kluger Monday, Mar. 29, 1999, Time Magazine.  Read more in the Time magazine article (subscription required).

Goddard's rocket experiments continued to progress over the next 8 or 9 years; however, the United States was much less interested in rockets than was Germany. It is reported that the Germans communicated with Goddard up until 1939 when all contact ceased.Toward the end of 1939, Goddard warned U.S. Army officials that he suspected that the Germans were militarizing the rocket.

Did the warning fall on deaf ears??