Guide to the Robert E. Slye Papers, 1961-2001

Guide prepared by Laura Williams
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Guide to the Robert E. Slye Papers, 1961-2001

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  • Moffett Field, CA 94035
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Collection processed by:
Laura Williams
Date Completed:
November 2009
©2009 NASA Ames Research Center. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert E. Slye Papers
Date (inclusive): 1961-2001
Collection Number: PP07.13-RS
Creator: Ames Research Center
Extent: Number of containers: 4

Volume: 4.8 cubic feet
Repository: Ames Research Center, Ames History Office
Moffett Field, California 94035
Abstract: This collection, accumulated by NASA Ames Research Center scientist Robert E. Slye, consists of reports, research proposals, memoranda, contracts, conference and workshop proceedings, user guides, administrative announcements, newsletters, secondary publications and other materials related to the NASA Mission Analysis Division, technology applications research and general administrative activities.
Language: English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright does not apply to United States government records. For non-government material, researcher must contact the original creator.

Preferred Citation

NASA Ames History Office, NASA Ames Research Center. Moffett Field, California. PP07.13-RS, Robert E. Slye Papers, 1961-2001, [Container number]: [Folder number]. [Identification of item]. [Date, if available].

Abbreviated Citation

NASA ARC. PP07.13-RS, [Container number]: [Folder number]. [Identification of item]. [Date, if available].

Related Collections

Larry A. Manning Papers, 1967-1988 (PP05.04)
Donald E. Wilson Earth Resources Survey Program Papers, 1972-1983 (PP07.13-DW)

Acquisition Information

Transferred by Robert E. Slye in August 2007.

Biographical History

Robert "Buzz" E. Slye was born in 1934 in Burlington, Vermont. He received a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University in 1956, where he also served in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He earned a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University in 1957. Slye joined NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory in Moffett Field, California, in June 1957 as a summer student, and was subsequently assigned to Air Force duty on the Ames campus in the fall of 1957.
As a summer student, and after conversion to a permanent post as research scientist in 1958, Slye worked with Alfred Eggers and Clarence "Sy" Syverston as a member of the 10 x 14 Inch Wind Tunnel Branch (1957 to 1960) and the 3-1/2 Foot Wind Tunnel Branch (1960 to 1963). Here, he was involved in projects relating to the aerodynamics of lifting bodies, rockets and re-entry capsules. In 1963, Slye became a member of the Mission Analysis Division, Space Applications Branch. The Mission Analysis Division's main function was to conduct studies to determine research areas in which Ames could use its time and funds most effectively. Here, Slye became an expert in trajectory analysis, and was involved in conducting studies on the feasibility of transporting humans to the moon and mars, and in conducting shuttle and launch vehicle studies, including trajectory and payload analysis, costing, planning, design and implementation. Slye was a member of the Mission Analysis Division from 1963 to 1969, the System Studies Division from 1969 to 1971, and the Advanced Concepts and Missions Division from 1971 to 1975.
When the Advanced Concepts and Missions Division dissolved in 1975, Slye moved to the Data Research and Management Branch (1975 to 1976), the Technology Applications Branch under the Airborne Missions and Applications Division (1976 to 1984) and later the Ecosystem Science and Technology (ECOSAT) Branch under the Life Science/Earth System Science/Earth Science Divisions (1984 to present). His research activities under these divisions largely relate to the analysis and display of computer information, including remotely sensed images. As a member of the Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch, Slye worked to develop new understandings of the Earth's ecosystems through remote sensing, airborne imaging and data processing research.
Slye's career at Ames has spanned over a half of a century and is remarkable in that he has made important research contributions in a wide range of disciplines. Slye received the NASA/Ames Special Achievement Award in 1988. At the time of his retirement in December 2007, Slye was the longest continually employed worker at Ames. He became an Ames Associate in 2008, and as of November 2009, Slye is listed as an Ames Associate with the Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch.

Sources Consulted:

Bugos, Glenn E. Atmosphere of freedom: sixty years at the NASA Ames Research Center. Washington, D.C.: NASA SP4314, 2000.
Bugos, Glenn E. “NASA’s 50 Year Men and Women: Buzz Slye” in NASA: 50 Years of Exploration and Discovery. NASA, 2008.
NASA Ames History Office, NASA Ames Research Center. Moffett Field, California. AFS1030.39A, Ames Astrogram Collection. 1958-2008.
NASA Ames History Office, NASA Ames Research Center. Moffett Field, California. AFS1070.8A, Archives Reference Collection. Telephone Directories. 1962-2003.

Indexing Terms

The following terms may be used to index this collection.

Personal Name

Slye, Robert E.

Corporate Name

Ames Research Center
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Subjects

Launch vehicles (Astronautics)
Trajectory optimization
Payloads (Aerospace engineering)
Computer engineering--Data processing
Remote sensing.
Remote-sensing images
Landsat satellites.
Image analysis.
Image processing.
Ecosystem management--Research.
Feasibility studies
Cost analysis

Geographic Names

Moffett Field (Calif.)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of scientific reports, quarterly and annual reports, research proposals, memoranda, correspondence, contracts, studies, secondary publications, conference proceedings, meeting minutes, agendas, newsletters, bibliographies, indexes, directories, rosters, workshop proceedings, user guides, administrative announcements, clippings, ephemera and a transcript of the 1996 NASA Ames "State of the Center" speech. The materials provide insight into Slye's activities with the Mission Analysis Division and Technology Applications/Ecosystem Science and Technology Applications Branches as well as into the administrative activities of NASA Ames.
Series I, Mission Analysis Division Records, 1965-1974, contains reports, proposals, memoranda, secondary publications and other material related to the design, costing, selection and analysis of shuttles and launch vehicles. Series II, Technology Applications Records, 1974-1998, includes reports, memoranda, newsletters, rosters, plans and other materials related to the activities of the NASA Ames Airborne Missions and Applications and Life Science/Earth System Science/Earth Science Divisions. A number of records relate to the Landsat Remote Sensing Technology Program and the Western Regional Applications Program (WRAP). Series III, NASA Ames Administrative Records, 1971-2001, consists of clippings, publications, memoranda and administrative announcements related to topics such as staff honors, organizational restructuring and policies. Series IV, General/Reference Publications, 1961-1999, largely consists of newsletters (generated both by Ames and outside publishers) and secondary publications on topics related to Slye's fields of interest, including aeronautics, remote sensing and computing.

Arrangement of the Robert E. Slye Papers

The papers are arranged into four series:
  • I. Mission Analysis Division Records, 1965-1974.
  • II. Technology Applications Records, 1974-1998.
  • III. NASA Ames Administrative Records, 1971-2001.
  • IV. General/Reference Publications, 1961-1999.
Materials within each series are arranged chronologically.

Series Description

 

I.  Mission Analysis Division Records, 1965-1974

Physical Description: 56 folders

Series Description

The materials in Series I reflect the activities of the Mission Analysis Division, System Studies Division, and the Advanced Concepts and Missions Division from 1965 to 1974. Many records relate to Lockheed contract NAS 2-5202, in which methodologies and computer models were constructed for optimal launch vehicle assignment for advanced space missions in light of strict budgetary constraints. According to one of the reports associated with this contract, "a primary objective [of the study] is provision of an analytical tool to help the advance planner to maximize, under restrictive budget constraints, the accomplishment of a future space program." Materials related to the Burner II, Titan/Centaur, Solid/Agena and Saturn family of launch vehicles are included in this series.
 

II.  Technology Applications Records, 1974-1998

Physical Description: 44 folders

Series Description

Series II consists of records related to the activities of the NASA Ames Data Research and Management Branch, Technology Applications Branch and Ecosystem Science and Technology (ECOSAT) Branch from 1974 to 1998. Here, Slye was involved in performing research in ecosystem science, remote sensing, and computational image analysis. Many materials relate to the Landsat Remote Sensing Technology Program and the Western Regional Applications Program (WRAP). Slye was particularly involved in remote sensing, airborne imaging, and data processing research. Research subjects include coastal-zone, forestry, geography, geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, agricultural and fire studies.
 

III.  NASA Ames Administrative Records, 1971-2001

Physical Description: 11 folders

Series Description

Series III consists of records on topics such as exhibits, personnel appointments, policies, Ames events and activities, length of service honors, branch/division restructuring and other organizational changes, and a transcript of the 1996 "State of the Center" address by Director Ken K. Munechika.
 

IV.  General/Reference Publications, 1961-1999

Physical Description: 40 folders

Series Description

Series IV consists of secondary publications on topics such as missiles, aeronautics, lunar and planetary sciences, extraterrestrial life, remote sensing, meteor orbits/dust and astrophysics, symposium proceedings, materials related to computing (including the Illiac IV, Cray I, Cray-IS and VAX computers and ARPANET), newsletters (both published by NASA and by outside entities) and other general materials.

Container List

 

I: Mission Analysis Records, 1965-1974

Box 1, Folder 1

Saturn V, 1965

Box 1, Folder 2

Saturn IB, 1965-1967

Box 1, Folder 3

Burner II, 1966-1968

Box 1, Folder 4

Analytical Cost/Performance Model for the Analysis of the Long Duration Manned Space Missions, Final Report, 1967

Box 1, Folder 5

Final Report, Service Module Upper Stage, 1967

Box 1, Folder 6

Planetary Programs, Analysis of Titan III F Family Capability for the Mars 1973 Type 1 Mission, 1967

Box 1, Folder 7

S-5 Study, 1967

Box 1, Folder 8

SLV, General Dynamics, 1967

Box 1, Folder 9

1 Centaur Sizing Study for Titan IIID and IIIB, 1968

Box 1, Folder 10

Proposal for Systems Modeling and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment Study, 1968

Box 1, Folder 11

Systems Modeling and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Contracts, 1968-1970

Box 1, Folder 12

Systems Modeling and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Proposal Documents, 1968-1970

Box 1, Folder 13

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Technical Reports, 1968-1970

Box 1, Folder 14

NASA Space Shuttle Task Group Report, 1969

Box 1, Folder 15

Solid/Agena Launch Vehicle System, 1969

Box 1, Folder 16

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Reports and Schedules, 1969

Box 1, Folder 17

Titan III, 1969

Box 1, Folder 18

The UA1207 First Stage Solid Rocket Motor Technical Report, 1969

Box 1, Folder 19

AIAA Paper, The Nuclear Shuttle for Interorbital and Transplanetary Applications, 1970

Box 1, Folder 20

Impact of the Space Shuttle on Satellite Payloads, Technical Memorandum, 1970

Box 1, Folder 21

Saturn IB, 1970

Box 1, Folder 22

Space Shuttle Engineering Memoranda, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, 1970

Box 1, Folder 23

Study of Methodology and Model Development for Minimizing Space Program Costs, 1970

Box 1, Folder 24

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Reports and Schedules, 1970 (1 of 4)

Box 1, Folder 25

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Reports and Schedules, 1970 (2 of 4)

Box 1, Folder 26

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Reports and Schedules, 1970 (3 of 4)

Box 1, Folder 27

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Reports and Schedules, 1970 (4 of 4)

Box 1, Folder 28

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Final Reports, 1970

Box 1, Folder 29

Launch Vehicle Study for NASA Missions, 1970-1979

Box 1, Folder 30

Mission Analysis of Shuttle Operations Between Earth and the Moon, 1971

Box 1, Folder 31

Comparative Evolution of Space Transportation Concepts, 1971

Box 2, Folder 1

Logic Checkout and Production Exercising of Space Program Optimal Assignment Model, 1971

Box 2, Folder 2

Methodologies for Optimal Resource Allocation to the National Space Program and New Space Utilization, Final Report, 1971 (1 of 3)

Box 2, Folder 3

Methodologies for Optimal Resource Allocation to the National Space Program and New Space Utilization, Final Report, 1971 (2 of 3)

Box 2, Folder 4

Methodologies for Optimal Resource Allocation to the National Space Program and New Space Utilization, Final Report, 1971 (3 of 3)

Box 2, Folder 5

Payload Effects Analysis Study, 1971

Box 2, Folder 6

Probabilistic Systems Modeling and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Final Report, Volume 1, 1971

Box 2, Folder 7

Probabilistic Systems Modeling and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Final Report, Volume 2, 1971 (1 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 8

Probabilistic Systems Modeling and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Final Report, Volume 2, 1971 (2 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 9

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Reports and Schedules, 1971 (1 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 10

Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, Reports and Schedules, 1971 (2 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 11

Task Report, Study of Systems and Cost/Performance Methodologies for Optimization of Vehicle Assignment, 1971

Box 2, Folder 12

The Utilization of Halo Orbits in Advance Lunar Operations, 1971-1972

Box 2, Folder 13

The Space Applications Program Review, 1974

Box 2, Folder 14

The Space Applications Program, Appendices, 1974

Box 2, Folder 15

Study of Computer Data Transfer Via Satellite, Monthly Report and Final Report, 1974 (1 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 16

Study of Computer Data Transfer Via Satellite, Monthly Report and Final Report, 1974 (2 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 17

Study of Computer Data Transfer Via Satellite, 1974

Box 2, Folder 18

IDAS comparison Matrices, undated

Box 2, Folder 19

Mission Analysis Humor, undated (1 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 20

Mission Analysis Humor, undated (2 of 2)

Box 2, Folder 21

Planetary Programs, Launch Vehicle Appendix, undated

 

II: Technology Applications Records, 1974-1998

Box 2, Folder 22

Earth Resources Program, Revised Project Plan, 1974

Box 2, Folder 23

Image Selection System, M. A. Knutson et al., 1974

Box 2, Folder 24

Satellite On-Board Processing for Earth Resources Data, 1975

Box 2, Folder 25

User Dissemination Concepts for Earth Resources, Final Report, 1976 (1 of 5)

Box 2, Folder 26

User Dissemination Concepts for Earth Resources, Final Report, 1976 (2 of 5)

Box 2, Folder 27

User Dissemination Concepts for Earth Resources, Final Report, 1976 (3 of 5)

Box 2, Folder 28

User Dissemination Concepts for Earth Resources, Final Report, 1976 (4 of 5)

Box 3, Folder 1

User Dissemination Concepts for Earth Resources, Final Report, 1976 (5 of 5)

Box 3, Folder 2

Western Regional Applications Program (WRAP) memoranda, 1977

Box 3, Folder 3

Landsat Newsletter: Signature, 1977-1978

Box 3, Folder 4

Institute for Advanced Computation, Landsat Image Processing Documentation, 1977-1978

Box 3, Folder 5

Western Regional Applications Program (WRAP) Summary Reports, 1977-1980

Box 3, Folder 6

Newsletter: Pixel Facts, 1977-1981

Box 3, Folder 7

CZCS Coastal Zone Color Scanner Investigations Correspondence, 1978

Box 3, Folder 8

Institute for Advanced Computation, Landsat Imaging Program Descriptions and User Guides, 1978

Box 3, Folder 9

Institute for Advanced Computation, Landsat Image Processing, Final Report, 1978

Box 3, Folder 10

Western Regional Applications Program (WRAP) Review, 1978

Box 3, Folder 11

Western Regional Applications Program (WRAP) Training Program, 1978

Box 3, Folder 12

Landsat, 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 13

Newsletter: Landsat Data User Notes, 1978-1980

Box 3, Folder 14

Newsletter: Plain Brown Wrapper, 1978-1981

Box 3, Folder 15

Western Regional Remote Sensing Conference Proceedings, 1979

Box 3, Folder 16

Western Regional Applications Program (WRAP) Publications, 1980

Box 3, Folder 17

1982 Report: Renewable Resources Remote Sensing Research Program

Box 3, Folder 18

Earth Resources Bibliography, 1983

Box 3, Folder 19

Land-Related Global Habitability Science Issues, 1983

Box 3, Folder 20

Airborne Science and Applications Program, 20th Anniversary, 1984

Box 3, Folder 21

Code LX Extraterrestrial Research Division Roster, 1984

Box 3, Folder 22

ECOSAT Research Activity and Publication Update, 1985

Box 3, Folder 23

Life Science Division Roster, 1985

Box 3, Folder 24

ECOSAT Branch Strategy Planning Document, 1986

Box 3, Folder 25

ECOSAT Branch, Annual Report, 1986

Box 3, Folder 26

NASA Earth Systems Science Overview, 1986

Box 3, Folder 27

Rosters, 1987-1996

Box 3, Folder 28

ECOSAT Branch, Annual Report, 1988

Box 3, Folder 29

Newsletter: What on Earth, 1989-1995 (1 of 2)

Box 3, Folder 30

Newsletter: What on Earth, 1989-1995 (2 of 2)

Box 3, Folder 31

Memoranda and Correspondence: ECOSAT Branch, 1989-1995

Box 3, Folder 32

Earth Systems Science Division, Annual Reports, 1990

Box 3, Folder 33

Earth Systems Science Division, Annual Reports, 1991-1993

Box 3, Folder 34

Earth Systems Science Division, Annual Reports, 1994-1998

Box 3, Folder 35

Mission to Planet Earth Call for Proposals, 1995

Box 3, Folder 36

An Exercise in Automated Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data, undated

Box 3, Folder 37

Center for Health Applications of Aerospace Related Technologies, undated

 

III: NASA Ames Administrative Records, 1971-2001

Box 3, Folder 38

Clippings, Ephemera, 1958-1995

Box 3, Folder 39

Miscellaneous Project Management Documents, 1968-1991

Box 3, Folder 40

Administrative Memoranda, 1971-2001

Box 3, Folder 41

Personal, Commendations, 1977-1983

Box 3, Folder 42

Active Job Order Numbers, Fiscal Year, 1982

Box 3, Folder 43

NASA Excellence Teams at Ames Research Center: A Dynamic Approach to Productivity, 1983-1988

Box 3, Folder 44

Ames Human Resources Division Publications, 1985-1995

Box 3, Folder 45

NASA Strategic Plan, 1992

Box 3, Folder 46

Awards, Length of Service Honors, 1992-1999

Box 4, Folder 1

Human Resources-Related Publications and Memoranda, 1994-1998

Box 4, Folder 2

Ames, "State of the Center," 1996

 

IV: General/Reference Publications, 1961-1999

Box 4, Folder 3

Missiles and Rockets: The Missile Space Weekly, November 27, 1961

Box 4, Folder 4

Reference Publications, 1962-1971 (1 of 5)

Box 4, Folder 5

Reference Publications, 1962-1971 (2 of 5)

Box 4, Folder 6

Reference Publications, 1962-1971 (3 of 5)

Box 4, Folder 7

Reference Publications, 1962-1971 (4 of 5)

Box 4, Folder 8

Reference Publications, 1962-1971 (5 of 5)

Box 4, Folder 9

Computer Program Documentation Time Phasing Program (TIPP), 1968

Box 4, Folder 10

AIAA Journal Subject and Author Indexes, 1968-1971

Box 4, Folder 11

Iliac IV, 1969-1976

Box 4, Folder 12

NASA Human Interest Files, 1971

Box 4, Folder 13

Safe Living with Less Energy, 1974

Box 4, Folder 14

ARPANET, 1974-1976

Box 4, Folder 15

Bits & Pieces, The Economics Press, Inc., 1975

Box 4, Folder 16

Calspan Corporation Annual Report, 1975

Box 4, Folder 17

CRAY I, 1975

Box 4, Folder 18

Newsletter: Logist-O-Gram, 1975

Box 4, Folder 19

Inventories of Irrigated Lands in Southern Idaho Using Various Remote Sensing Techniques, R.C. Heller and K.A. Johnson, September 30, 1977

Box 4, Folder 20

Newsletter: Institute for Advanced Computing, 1977

Box 4, Folder 21

Institute for Advanced Computation, Magnetic Tape (I4) Facility Descriptions, 1977-1978

Box 4, Folder 22

Institute for Advanced Computation, Unicon File System, 1978

Box 4, Folder 23

Newsletter: Vax News, 1978-1980

Box 4, Folder 24

Newsletter: NASA Newsline, 1979

Box 4, Folder 25

CRAY-IS, Coding Techniques for Vectorization, 1982

Box 4, Folder 26

Newsletter: CCF (Central Computer Facility) Bulletin, 1982-1993

Box 4, Folder 27

Newsletter: NSSDC (National Space Science Data Center) News, 1985-1990

Box 4, Folder 28

Newsletter: Life Lines, 1986

Box 4, Folder 29

Newsletter: On Line, 1987-1990 (1 of 2)

Box 4, Folder 30

Newsletter: On Line, 1991 (2 of 2)

Box 4, Folder 31

Directory of Applications Software for Cray Supercomputers, 1989

Box 4, Folder 32

Newsletter: On Target, 1989-1991

Box 4, Folder 33

Newsletter: Interface, 1990-1991

Box 4, Folder 34

The Importance of "Small" Science, G. Dalrymple, 1991

Box 4, Folder 35

Newsletter: Sun News, 1991

Box 4, Folder 36

Newsletter: Moffett Beacon, September-October 1994

Box 4, Folder 37

Newsletter: Tae + Bulletin, 1995

Box 4, Folder 38

Astrobiology Workshop Final Report, 1996

Box 4, Folder 39

Newsletter: NFFE, April-May 1996

Box 4, Folder 40

Y2K Desktop Readiness Initiative, 1999

Box 4, Folder 41

The Eros Data Center, undated

Box 4, Folder 42

Hydrology and Geology of the Chicxulub Structure: A Possible Buried K/T Impact Crater in Yukatan, Mexico, Draft, undated