Dr. Hans Rudolf Friedrich

Photo from Encyclopedia Astronautica
 Rocket Scientist

Born:September 12, 1911
Died:December 6, 1958, San Diego, California


•  He was not a part of that first "Paper Clip" group (SS Argentina arrived 11/16/1945) but he was in Flort Bliss by January 1947. - Woodward

•  Moved to private sector in USA - Woodward

•  He was one of the 118 German rocket scientists on Dr. Wernher von Braun's team that moved from Fort Bliss, TX to Huntsville's abandoned Redstone Arsenal in 1950. - Woodward

•  Dr. Friedrich designed the autopilot for the German V-2 rocket. - Dawson & Bowles

•  "Friedrich, Hans Rudolph (1911-1958) German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter. After receiving doctorate from Leipzig University, became chief controls analyst for the V-2 missile at Peenemuende during World War II. As of January 1947, working at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1951 he left von Braun's group at the Redstone Arsenal and joined Convair as head of control and dynamic analysis for the MX-1593 / Atlas missile. He was later Convair's Engineering Director of Systems Analysis. Died at San Diego, California." - Encyclopedia Astronautica

•  Mother's maiden name: Erdmuthe - Editor's note: We found this information but lost the source (maybe Ancestry.com)

Related Links:

•  Dawson & Bowles - Taming Liquid Hydrogen: The Centaur Upper Stage Rocket 1958-2002 By Virginia P. Dawson, Mark D. Bowles, page 4.

•  Encyclopedia Astronautica - Short bio with photo by Richard Martin

•  Garibyan - The story is really about another man, but mentions Dr. Hans Friedrich and his role at Convair (later became General Cynamics.) (Originally found at http://yerevanmagazine.com/it-is-rocket-science/.)

•  Rankin - Article titled "German Rocket Scientist Team" in The Heritage of Madison County, Alabama, by The Madison County Heritage Book Committee, John P. Rankin, Chairman.

•  Woodward - Names of the "Original 118 Team" at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. List found here at Lunarpedia.org. Page under "Pioneers, Schemers and Dreamers" submitted by Grady Woodard. List shows names after Ft. Bliss with their reference work location and building number, from Redstone-Army Missile Command Roster - June 1966, MSFC 1960-1967 Charts, Organization Roster - June 1967

"Group of 104 German rocket scientists in 1946, including Wernher von Braun,[1] Ludwig Roth and Arthur Rudolph, at Fort Bliss, Texas. The group had been subdivided into two sections: a smaller one at White Sands Proving Grounds for test launches and the larger at Fort Bliss for research.[2] Many had worked to develop the V-2 Rocket at Peenemünde Germany and came to the U.S. after World War II, subsequently working on various rockets including the Explorer 1 Space rocket and the Saturn (rocket) at NASA." Image and caption from Wikipedia.

"This is the key to identifying the Von Braun Team and his fellow German Rocket Experts before moving from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Huntsville, Alabama." Key from history.msfc.nasa.gov.