Who the heck is Frank Malina?


Another entry into the “Who the heck is…” series 

Frank Joseph Malina was born on October 2nd, 1912 in Brenham, Texas. In 1935 Malina became a student at the California Institute of Technology. In 1936 he became director of the GALCIT Rocket Research Project. Malina developed the theory of constant-thrust long-duration solid-fuel rocket motors in 1940. Under Malina’s guidance his team developed hydrazine-nitric acid fuel which was used much later as the fuel for the Apollo sevice module and LEM. In 1945 Malina did extensive research into jet-propelled missles. The results of his research was the design and construction of America’s first successfull high altitude sounding rocket, the WAC Corporal. The site of Frank Malina’s research later became known as The Jet Propulsion Labratory in which he was director between 1944-1946.

Frank Malina was also an accomplished artist

Here are some great WAC Corporal Rocket Models
Thrust Aerospace(scroll down page)

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3 Responses to Who the heck is Frank Malina?

  1. Pingback: WAC Corporal: Real and Model « Rocketry Blog

  2. rocketry says:

    Roger – It’s an honor to have you visit. Please feel free to share any stories about your father.

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