- 1945-1994, (predominant dates [195-] - [198-] (Creation)
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0.45 m of textual and graphic records
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This series contains mainly correspondence, manuscripts, drafts and notes relating to some of the many research papers, reports and proposals that were published or presented by Etkin over a 40 year span. To list only a few, papers document his work in: wind engineering, flight dynamics, satellite stability, flight in turbulent winds, supersonic wing design, wind tunnel design and aerodynamic particle separator design.
Of particular note are files relating to his research on the spin decay of the Alouette I Satellite and his subsequent design modifications for Alouette II. Etkin identified the deceleration of the early Alouette I satellite as one of the most interesting science and engineering problems that he was faced with throughout his career. Scientific papers presenting his findings can be found in this series while records relating to grants to design a modification for Alouette II are found in Series 5 – Grants.
A second file to note, documents the role he and his IAS colleagues played in the safe return of the Apollo 13 mission. Identified by Etkin as the most dramatic event in his career, the story is preserved here in correspondence, notes, clippings and a photo. Etkin’s discussion of the event can be found in a recent talk to the Engineering Alumni Association found in Series 2 - Lectures, Talks and Seminars (B2004-0017/005(42).
Finally Etkin’s comments on peer publications, referee reports and reviews for several journals can also be found in this series along with files relating to his time as one of the editors of Progress in Aerospace Science.
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Arrangement is alphabetical according to main topic or subject of research.
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