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Puellenberg



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VR-12
Credit: © Mark Wade
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VR-1
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Puellenberg
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Puellenger
Credit: © Mark Wade
Albert Puellenberg began construction of a series of increasingly sophisticated rockets in 1928. After further private rocketry development was prohibited in 1934, Puellenberg continued his work in secret, culminating with the extremely sophisticated VR12 rocket in 1938. This was the end of the line and the last privately-developed rocket built in Germany until 1956.

Albert Puellenberg began construction of a series of increasingly sophisticated rockets in 1928. His 'Hannover Group' fired the VR1 rocket in 1931. By 1933 his Diesel-FT-Rak 3 had achieved, independently and in miniature scale, many of the design innovations and the external appearance of Von Braun's later V-2. After a visit by Dornberger in 1935, his group was dissolved and further flight tests from Puellenberg's 'Rocketport Hannover' were prohibited. Some of Puellenberg's disciples went to Peenemuende and joined Von Braun. Puellenberg continued his work in secret, successfully firing the extremely sophisticated VR12 rocket in static tests in 1938. This was the end of the line and the last privately-developed rocket built in Germany until 1956.

Status: Cancelled 1938.

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  • German Civilian Rocketry A German rocket craze seized the country from 1928 to 1933, inspiring a generation of young engineers and scientists that manned spaceflight could be a reality in their lifetime. The Nazi government put an end to this civilian effort, instead putting the engineers to work developing military rockets. After the war, an attempt was made to revive German civilian rocketry, but safety fears resulted in all further work being shut down in 1964. More...

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