Current events for
|Events in space history for 02/01:|
- Highest air pressure, 31.85 mm Hg, for North America recorded in Alaska (1989).
- Capt. G. E. Price flew Bell Airacobra through flight tests (1940).
- Chance Vought delivered last propeller-driven fighter, the Navy F4U Corsair, the 12,571st built since first one flew in 1940 (1953).
- Army activated the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala., to weaponize the Redstone and to develop the Jupiter IRBM (1956).
- Life Sciences Laboratory established by NASA at Ames Research Center to augment, lead, direct, encourage, and coordinate biomedical research related to the space program (1960).
- X-15 (No. 1) flown to 49,780 feet by John B. McKay, NASA test pilot, at Edwards, California (1961).
- USAF Minuteman successful on first test launch from AFMTC, a three-stage solid-propellent ICBM with full guidance, all tested on its first launching (1961).
- The space surveillance system (Spasur) was formally commissioned at the Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren, Va., under the operational control of the North American Defense Command (1961).