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Peter H. Broussard Jr. Collection

Identifier: MC-7
This collection contains slides, articles, technical manuals, transcripts, photographs, maps, experiment reports, and an autobiography relating to the life and career of Peter H. Broussard Jr.


  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1981


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.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Peter Henry Broussard Jr. was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 24, 1927. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in mathematics. He then served in the U.S Navy and Army during both Second World War and Korean War. In 1952, he started work at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico as a missile analyst for ground to air missiles being tested at the range. In July 1960, he started working at Marshall Space Flight Center, where he worked on projects like the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) for Apollo 15 and the Apollo Telescope Mount for Skylab.

Peter Broussard started working on the Lunar Roving Vehicle in the fall of 1969, when he was assigned to serve as SEB on the development of a navigation system for the LRV. After the first successful use of the LRV during Apollo 15, Broussard and his team were asked to investigate the possibility of remote controlling the LRV from Earth so that NASA could use the LRV after the astronauts had left the moon.

In the 1970s, Broussard work on several different projects for NASA. Starting around 1974 to the early 1980s, Broussard lent his technical know-how to the US Bureau of Mines in automating mining equipment. In the late 1970s, he also served as the Chief Engineer for the first couple months into NASA’s development of a tethered satellite system. After retiring from NASA in December 1989, Broussard taught mathematics and statistics at Alabama A & M and Calhoun Community College for 16 years. In 1990, he took part in an oral interview about the NASA space program with Dr. Stephen Warring. In 2006, Broussard donated his NASA-related documents to the UAH Special Collections. He died on May 26, 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peter H. Broussard Jr., 1990

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.
Matthew David England
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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