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Heinz-Hermann Koelle Collection

Identifier: MC-73
The Heinz-Hermann Koelle Collection (.5 linear ft.) includes one archival box which, includes 15 folders. Subjects covered within this collection include the idea of building a lunar base, and the benefits of space exploration for the U.S., and advancements in space vehicles and capabilities. The files also include information on Koelle’s academic career.


  • 1959 - 2013


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 Sketch

Heinz-Hermann Koelle was born in the former free state of Danzig on July 22, 1925. He piloted for Germany throughout WWII, and afterwards founded the organization known as the German Society of Space Research. Koelle received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering during 1954 from the Technical University Stuttgart.

In 1955, Werner von Braun recruited Koelle to work with the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency in Huntsville, Alabama. The main project that Koelle worked on that moved him forward was Project Horizon, a military project in 1959 to put a base on the moon.

In 1963, Koelle received his doctorate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University at Berlin. Koelle left the United States in 1965. That same year, he became a professor at the Technical University at Berlin and remained there until 1991. Heinz-Hermann Koelle died on February 20, 2011 in Berlin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Lundquist, 2013.

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.
Arik N. Daly
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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