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Hermann Rudolf Wagner Collection

Identifier: MC-75


  • Creation: 1945 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.

Biographical / Historical

Hermann Rudolf Wagner was born August 3, 1910, and died January 8, 1999 (Lundquist). Wagner graduated in 1939 from the Engineering School of City of Dresden, receiving a mechanical and structural engineering degree (Lundquist).

Wagner would go on to work at Peenemünde from 1939 to 1945 “as a design engineer for launching and handling equipment in the V-2 rocket program” (Lundquist). He arrived in the United States at the GMDD-ABMA (Guided Missiles Development Division-Army Ballistic Missile Agency) in April of 1953 (Lundquist).

“In the February 1969 Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Directory, [Wagner] is listed in the Astrionics Lab, Materials Division” (Lundquist). “In Huntsville, at AMBA and MSFC,” Wagner worked on the payloads of multiple historic projects, including Explorer 1, the first satellite launched by the United States, and the Apollo Telescope Mount, the crewed solar observatory of Skylab (Lundquist).

Wagner had patents “on a collapsible loop antenna system for satellites and on Separation devices” (Lundquist).

Wagner retired from the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1973 (Lundquist).


Lundquist, Charles. "Transplanted Rocket Pioneers," 2015.


0.5 Linear foot (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Lundquist, 2013.

Processing Information

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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America