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Albring, Werner (1914-) German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the Soviet Union thereafter.

Werner Albring was a German expert in flow dynamics who worked in Russia after World War II. Born in Schwelm, Westphalia, he entered the University of Hanover in 1934, studied mechanical engineering, and obtained his doctorate in 1941. Through 1945 he served as a Deputy Manager of the Institute for Aeromechanics and Flight Technology at Hanover University. After the war he agreed to work for the Soviet teams recovering German rocket technology and moved first to the Mittelwerk subterranean V-2 factory, and then to Bleicherode, where he was named department manager for aerodynamics. He and his family were then moved, together with other German rocket specialists, to Gorodomliya Island in the Soviet Union for six years. There he was head of the aerodynamics and advanced projects section, designing winged cruise missile concepts derived from wartime German work on the A9 and Silverbird. Albring was returned to East Germany in 1952 and given a post as a professor at the Technical University of Dresden and as director of the Institute for the Applied Science of Flow Dynamics. Until his retirement in 1979 he led the institute to a position of prominence in flow dynamics, including the flow problems of the turbomachinery and blade cascades. He also authored the standard text book in the field. In the 1980's he published several papers on the ethics of the construction of weaons. Albring was made a member of the GDR's Academy of Sciences in 1959, and received numerous other prizes and awards.

Birth Place: Schwelm.

Born: 1914.

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  • Michels, Juergen and Przybilski, Olaf, Peenemuende und seine Erben in Ost und West, Bernard & Graefe, Bonn, 1997.

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1949 October - . Launch Vehicle: Buran; Burya; EKR; G-3.
  • Albring G-3 cruise missile - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Groettrup; Ustinov; Albring; Saenger. Program: Navaho. German aerodynamicist Albring designed the G-3 missile for the Russians. This would use a rocket-powered Groettrup-designed G-1 as the first stage. The cruise stage would have an aerodynamic layout like that of the Saenger-Bredt rocket-powered antipodal bomber of World War II. Cruising at 13 km altitude, the supersonic missile would carry a 3000 kg warhead to a range of 2900 km. This was an alternate approach to Ustinov's 3000 kg over 3000 km range missile requirement of April 1949. This design would be elaborated at Korolev's bureau into the EKR ramjet design of 1953.

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