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Brief details as to involvement in manufacturing the space vehicles and satellites excluding missile nose cones, as well as telescope mirrors. Here is a list as reported in the company’s annual report and other publications, with the date of the publication noted when known

  • 196?    Supplied windows for Freedom 7 (Alan Shepherd)

  • 196?    Supplied windows for Friendship 7, first US manned orbital flight (John Glenn)

  • 1961 or 1962: [Video in Space : Mercury launch]. 1 videocassette (6 min.). Discussing the strength and heat resistant glass windows and antenna shields produced by Corning Glass Work for "Friendship 7", for the first manned orbiital flight by Lt. Col. John H. Glen, in 1962. The glass used can withstand temperatures up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit 

  • 1962:   protoptype viewports for the Gemini and X-20 (Dyna-Soar) man in space vehicles1963:   made windows for the two man Gemini spacecraft; the outside of the 3 paneled windows was made of 96% silica glass

  • 196?:   made window for Gordon Cooper’s Mercury-Atlas 9 spacecraft

  • 1964:   glass was produced for viewports in both the Gemini and Apollo space vehicles

  • 1966:   fiber optic faceplates are used in the Apollo lunar camera

  • 1968:   windows, developed and manufactured by Corning, have been standard equipment in every manned US space mission since Alan Shephard’s flight in 1961; the windows will also be used in the Lunar Excursion Module

  • 1969:   Contributed to the two Apollo lunar landings: spacecraft windows, television camera fiber optics; computer memories, resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, radio antenna covers

  • 1971:   Spacetac Incorporated, an affiliated company, will provide the equipment for nuclear radiation data to be used in the Pioneer Space probe scheduled for landing on Jupiter in 1974

  • 1973:   CGW selected to manufacture the windows and vehicles for space shuttle vehicles; Spacetac Incorporated will provide the Navy with the telemetry and command systems to control satellites; Corning window sections and Chemcor tubes were used in the Skylab Space; Zirconia rings used in the Pioneer 10 spacecraft that reached Jupiter in 1973

  • 1975:   the space shuttle windows and windshields will be made of an extremely pure glass, fused silica, and a special powdered glass will be fired over the outer skin insulation for thermal protection

  • 1978:   Article in The Gaffer, March 1978, on the retainers holding space shuttle tiles; Article in The Gaffer, Jan. 1978 on space-related products (Pyroceram radomes for missiles; glass dome for the Maverick missile; windshields for commercial aircraft such as the L-1011 and 747s; glass nose visors to protect windshields on the Concorde)

  • 198?    two short chapters by Corning Glass Works personnel in  Readings in Glass History  no. 15/16: Glass goes to outer Space, discuss the skin of the space shuttle and the windows

  • 1981:   Columbia Space Shuttle: windows; glass skin over the tiles; tile retainers (The Gaffer, July 1981)

  • 1988:   Corning supplied heat tile frit, retainers, and windows for the space shuttle (Gaffer, Dec. 1988, p. 12)

  • 2005:   Article in the Leader (copy in VF) on the Space Shuttle Discovery (fused silica windows; and other Corning products)

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