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Haeussermann, Walter (1914-) German-American engineer. Worked on V-2 gyro platform at Peenemuende 1939-1942. Returned to von Braun's team in US in 1948, working on Hermes II and Redstone guidance systems, becoming Director, Guidance and Control Division, at Huntsville.

German rocket engineer. Educated in electrical engineering at the Technsiche Hochschules in Stuttgart and Darmstadt. Drafted as a civilian and sent to Peenemuende on 1 December 1939 before completing his doctorate. Thereafter he worked at Kreiselgeraete and Siemens in development of the V-2 gyroscopic platform. He returned to a position in the Institute of Applied Physics at Darmstadt in 1942. He was contacted by the Americans after the war and asked if he wanted to join the Von Braun team in Texas. He declined because his wife was ill. Later Hoelzer and Steinhoff contacted him by phone, and finally he went to Fort Bliss, Texas. He worked on the Hermes II project there, and later on the Redstone guidance system. As of 1960, Director, Guidance and Control Division, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Birth Place: German.
Born: 1914.

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  • Michels, Juergen and Przybilski, Olaf, Peenemuende und seine Erben in Ost und West, Bernard & Graefe, Bonn, 1997.
  • Neufeld, Michael, interviewer, Inteviews with Peenemuende Veterans, National Air and Space Museum archives.

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