19 February 1957
The Astronautics Symposium was held at San Diego, Calif., February 18 to 20, 1957, under sponsorship of the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation. Attending were 600 scientists and engineers from armed services, independent research organizations, universities, and industrial concerns.
At this first Astronautics Symposium General Bernard Schriever gave his famous speech "ICBM – A Step Toward Space Conquest" after which he was told by Secretary of Defense to never use the word "space" again.
AFOSR published the transcript of the Summary Session (19 February 1957) as Technical Report AFOSR-TR-57-14 AD 120-430. The editor of the publication noted:
This report is a transcript of the tape recording that was made during the Summary Session on Tuesday afternoon, February 19, 1957. In each case, the panel leaders have reviewed the transcripts for technical accuracy. Only those grammatical corrections have been made which are necessary in the transition from the spoken to the written word.
The transcript of the Summary Session follows:
Foreword, H.F. Gregory
Re-Entry, William H. Dorrance
Tracking and Communications, Clark A. Potter
Environment and Measurements, Fred L. Whipple
Propulsion, William Bollay
Orbits, Paul Herget
Human Factors, Hubertus Strughold
List of Registrants