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Maul, Alfred (1864–1941)





Maul's 1904 rocket
Maul's rocket of 1904
German engineer who, in 1904, successfully took aerial photographs of the ground from a height of 600 meters (2,000 ft) by attaching cameras to a black powder rocket, thereby creating the first instrumented sounding rocket. His 1912-model rocket carried a 20- by 25-cm photographic plate stabilized by a gyroscope. This method of reconnaissance was discontinued, however, upon the advent of airplanes.


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