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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: The Russian Rocket Program

Korolev_2.jpgSergei P. Korolev (1906-1966, pictured right) also wanted to travel to space.  Rocket pioneer Tsiolkovsky was his mentor.  He studied at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute where he majored in aeronautical engineering.   He co-founded the Moscow rocketry organization GIRD (Gruppa Isutcheniya Reaktivnovo Dvisheniya, Group for Investigation of Reactive Motion).   The GIRD, the VfR (Verein fuer Raumschiiffahrt, Society for Spaceship Travel) in Germany, and Robert H. Goddard in the United States were testing liquid-fueled rockets by the early 1930s. 

After a brief two years, the GIRD was disbanded and replaced by the RNII (Reaction Propulsion Scientific Research Institute), a government entity for militarizing liquid rockets.  RNII developed a series of rocket-propelled craft during the 1930s, culminating in Korolev's RP-318, Russia's first rocket propelled aircraft.  The aircraft was never completed, as Korolev and other aerospace engineers were imprisoned from 1937 to 1938 during the peak of Stalin's purges of "overly educated" citizens. 

In 1945 Korolev captured several German V-2 Rockets.