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During World War II Alfred Zaehringer witnessed the awesome power of the Nazi's V-2 rocket as it levelled homes and businesses in London, then in 1945 he was once again on hand as V-1 and V-2 missiles were used against the Allied forces at Remagen, site of the famous bridge crossing over the Rhine into Germany. During these final engagements of World War II Zaehringer would also witness the first jet and rocket aircraft as they struggled to protect Germany in the last few months of the war.

On returning to his home town of Detroit Zaehringer decided to form a society dedicated to the study of these new technologies. To that end he contacted the American Rocket Society and tried to find like-minded individuals in his local area. Ultimately Zaehringer was able to harness a membership for his new society that included some of the greatest talents of early rocketry.

Contributors to RocketScience included Professor Hermann Oberth (one of the fathers of rocketry), Krafft Ehricke (designer of the Centaur liquid hydrogen stage), Eugen S,nger (father of the rocket plane), Heinz Koelle (Director of Advanced projects for NASA) and ex-Peenem?nde engineer Hans Kaiser who gives an insiders view of life at the infamous Nazi rocket facility.

The Journal of the Detroit Rocket Society is an obscure rarity of rocket history which has never been reprinted for over 50 years, until now, thanks to Alfred Zaehringer, who over sixty years (!) later is still actively pushing space flight. This book will only be produced in extremely limited quantities. It is 81/2 by 11 inches and 552 pages of photo facsimiles of every edition of the Journal from 1947-1952. It features unique material by Krafft Ehricke, Hermann Oberth, Eugen Sanger, Heinz Koelle and more.

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Alfred Zaehringer

Alfred Zaehringer started out by building his own rockets and then, in World War II, saw V-1's and V-2's in use against London. Moving onto the continent, he fired at them on the front lines in Germany, and also came under the attack of the first jet and rocket fighters when he crossed the Remagen Bridge.

Earning his engineering degree after the war, he formed the Detroit Rocket Society and coined the term "rocket science" and became editor of "Rocketscience" the DRS Journal. Mr. Zaehringer's first professional rocket experience came at the University of Michigan, where he dealt with anti-missile and rocket programs. Then he joined the fledgling Thiokol Chemical Company and became chief test engineer. Following this he went on to the Grand Central Rocket Company, where he worked on the upper stage motor for America's first satellite. Next, he formed the American Rocket Company, where he worked on a number of rocket systems. With the Apollo program, he worked on up-rating the Saturn C-5, and the manned Mars program. Moving to Martin, he was with a solid rocket management group that looked at solid strap-ons and their effects. Coming back to LTV Aerospace in Michigan, he worked on the solid propellant gas generator for the Lance battlefield missile. He and virtually the entire propulsion group then moved to Ford Motor Company where he did engineering work on EGR valves, fuel injectors, and fuel vapor management.

After retiring in 1995, Zaehringer has continuously devoted his time to writing about rocket science and space. He is a member of the National Space Society and the British Interplanetary Society. Author of seven books here in the US and in Europe, his book on Soviet space technology hit book shelves on the same day that Yuri Gagarin went into orbit. Mr. Zaehringer correctly predicted that the next formidable member of the Space Club would be China (China put a man into orbit in October 2003). Along with other space pioneers, his name is on the Stardust microchip and will be in space forever.