Kehlet, the son of a Danish tailor, graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1946. After receiving a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, he worked as an aerodynamicist at NACA/NASA Langley from 1951 to 1962, and served on the Space Task Group which formulated the American space program of the 1960's. Most of the remainder of his career was spent at what became Rockwell Corporation, first unsucessfully advocating use of his lenticular spacecraft design for future manned space missions; then in various management roles on Project Apollo; and finally in management of commercial aircraft programs, except for a stint as Vice Preident in charge of the Delta Launch Vehicle in 1988-1993.
Offical NASA Biography
NAME: Alan Bernard Kehlet
ORAL HISTORY: 30 September 2005
B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1951
M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1961
M.B.A in Business Administration, California State University, Dominguez Hills, California (1976)
Junior Clerk, U.S. Naval Storage, Rockdale, Illinois (1945)
Helper/Contractor, Axel E. Kehlet, Joliet, Illinois (1946-1947)
Maintenance Helper, Ira E. Spencer, Joliet, Illinois (1948-1951)
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Aerodynamics Research Intern, Aircraft Configuration Section, General
Aerodynamics Branch, Pilotless Aircraft Research Division (1951)
Aerodynamic Research Scientist, Aircraft Configuration Branch, Pilotless Aircraft Research Division (1952-1958)
Space Task Group, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
Head, Aerodynamics Group, Flight Systems Division (1958-1959)
Head, Aerodynamic Section, Performance Branch, Flight Systems Division (1959)
Assistant Chief, Flight Dynamics Branch, Flight Systems Division (1960)
Aerospace Technician (AST), Control and Guidance Systems, Flight Dynamics Branch, Flight Systems Division (1961-1962)
AST, Apollo Projects Office, Operations Division (1962)
Assistant for Flight Programs, Applied Materials and Physics Division, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia (1962)
POST -NASA EXPERIENCE
North American Aviation, Inc./North American Rockwell/Rockwell International, Space Division, Downey, California
AWARDS AND CITATIONS
SELECT PUBLICATIONS AND PATENTS
Kehlet, Alan B. "Aerodynamic characteristics at transonic and supersonic speeds of a rocket-propelled airplane configuration having a diamond-plan-form wing of aspect ratio 3.08 and a low, swept horizontal tail." NACA (CASI 19930088506). Hampton, VA: Langley Research Center, 1954.
Kehlet, Alan B. and Herbert G. Patterson. "Free-Flight Test of a Technique for Inflating an NASA 12-Foot-Diameter Sphere at High Altitudes." NASA-MEMO-2-5-59L (CASI 19980232004). Hampton, VA: Langley Research Center, 1959.
Bond, Aleck C. and Alan B. Kehlet. "Remarks on the Status of Project Mercury." In the Presentations before the Flight Mechanics Panel of the Advisory Group for the Aeronautical Research and Development North American Treaty Organization held in Istanbul, Turkey 3 October 1960. Unknown Publisher.
Bond, A. C. and Alan B. Kehlet. "Review, Scope and Recent Results of Project Mercury Research and Development Program." In the Presentations at the IAS 28th Annual Meeting held in New York, New York 25-27 January 1960.
Space and Atmospheric Re-entry Vehicle. A.B. Kehlet, D.F. Hasson, W.W. Petynia. 21 May 1963. Patent No. 3,090,580.
Parachute Glider. A.B. Kehlet. 23 February 1965. Patent No. 3,170,660.
Space Capsule. M.A. Faget, A.J. Meyer, R.G. Chilton, W.S. Blanchard, A.B. Kehlet, J.B. Hammack, and C.C. Johnson. 6 September 1966. Patent No. 3,270,908.
Kehlet, Alan B. "Thermal Protection and Cross-Range problems During Earth Reentry for a Space Transportation System." No Report Number (CASI 19710061282). Downey, CA: North American Rockwell, 1971.
Fuller, Paul N. and Alan B. Kehlet. "U.S. Government and Commercial Space
Transportation." No Report Number (CASI 19920037974). Huntington Beach, CA: McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co., Rockwell International Corp., 1991.
Kehlet, Alan B., C.R. Carlson, R.P. Dawson. "Should-Cost Technologies." No Report Number (CASI 19920073007). Downey, CA: McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co., 1992.
Alan B. Kehlet Service Record Card, Alan B. Kehlet Personnel File, Human
Resources Office, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
Alan B. Kehlet. Interview by Loyd S. Swenson, Jr., and Ivan D. Ertal, 26 January 1970, Transcript, Apollo Program Office, Scientific and Technical Information Center, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
Alan Kehlet, "Space Shuttle: Thermal Protection and Cross Range Problems During Earth Reentry for a Space Transportation System," Paper presented at the 22nd International Astronautical Congress; Brussels, Belgium, 20-25 September 1971.
Paul N. Fuller and Alan Kehlet, "U. S. Government and Commercial Space
Transportation," Paper presented at the 42nd Congress of the International Astronautical Federation; Montreal, Canada, 5-11 October 1991.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA SHEET CREATED : 15 AUGUST 2001
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois.
Born: January 1929.