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Publications and Papers

Max Hunter authored over five dozen technical and policy papers.  Their subject matter covers a myriad of topics from "Manned Nuclear Space Systems," "An Engineer’s View of The Large Space Telescope" and "Strategic Dynamics and Space Laser Weaponry” to "The Modern Pursuit of Scientific Curiosity,”  “A Galactic Perspective” and  "Are technological upheavals inevitable?"

Most of these publications (complete list below) are currently not available. However, the Maxwell W. Hunter Foundation does plan to make reprints of most publications available to the public in the future.  Inquires are welcome and should be sent to Matt Hunter at mhunter@huntercommunications.com.

Are technological upheavals inevitable?
"Are technological upheavals inevitable?", a thought-provoking article printed in the Harvard Business Review in 1969 has been reprinted on this website. Click here to view the complete version of Max's classic Harvard Business Review article "Are technological upheavals inevitable?" (reprinted with the permission of Harvard Business Review)

 

 

Thrust Into Space
Max Hunter also authored a rocket propulsion textbook titled "Thrust Into Space." This acclaimed book is regarded as being as relevant today as it was when published in 1966.  It covers the fields of rocketry in general, artillery, ballistic missiles, and space flight with plenty of diagrams, charts, graphs and illustrations. This book has just been reissued in an expanded Official 50th Anniversary edition by the Maxwell W. Hunter Foundation and is now available for purchase on Amazon.com .

 

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Maxwell W. Hunter, II Authored Publications
The list below is in chronological order.   Titles are often repeated throughout this website when a paper is relevant to a project or topic.

“Impulsive Midcourse Correction of a Lunar Shot”
(with W.B. Kempere and R.J. Gunkel)
Douglas  Aircraft Company, 1958 
MHF.PD01

“Manned Nuclear Space Systems”
(with E.B. Konecci and R.F. Trapp)
Appeared in Aero Space Engineering, October 1959
Douglas  Aircraft Company
MHF.PD02

“The Advantages of High Thrust Space Vehicles”
(with J.M. Tschirgi)
Douglas Aircraft Company, November 1959  
MHF.PD03

“The Potential of Nuclear Space Transport Systems”
(with W.E. Matheson and R.F. Trapp)
Douglas Aircraft Company, March 1960 
MHF.PD04

“Direct Operating Cost Analysis of a Class of Nuclear Spaceships”
(with W.E. Matheson and R.F. Trapp)
11th Congress, International Astronautical Federation, Stockholm, August 1960
Douglas  Aircraft Company
MHF.PD05

“The Cost of Lunar Travel”
International Congress & Exposition of Automotive Engineering, January 1961
Douglas Aircraft Company
MHF.PD06

“RITA – The Reusable Interplanetary Transport Approach”
Douglas Aircraft Company, February 1961
MHF.PD07

“Early Interplanetary Exploration with Nuclear Rockets”
(with R.F. Trapp)
Japanese Rocket Society, Tokyo, August 1961
Douglas Aircraft Company
MHF.PD08

“Advanced Manned Space Systems”
(with E.B. Konecci)
American Rocket Society, Space Flight Report to the Nation, New York City, October 1961
Douglas Aircraft Company
MHF.PD09

“Capabilities of Advanced Vehicles for Astronomical Research”
(with D.S. Merrilees)
Appeared in Space Age Astronomy  August 1962
Douglas Aircraft Company
MHF.PD10

“The Potential for Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Space Flight”
National Meeting on Manned Space Flight, Institute of the Aerospace Sciences, May 1962
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS01

“Recoverable Space Launching Nuclear Systems”
Seventh Symposium on Ballistic Missiles and Space Technology, U.S.Air Force Academy, August 1962
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS02

“Single-Stage Spaceships Should be our Goal”
Appeared in Nucleonics, February 1963
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS03

“Possible Nuclear Space Vehicles During this Century”
National Topic Meeting on Nuclear Materials for Space Applications, American Nuclear Society, Cincinnati, April 1963
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS04

“Barriermanship” or “How to Walk a Development Program”
Washington D.C., 1963
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS05

“A 1963 Space Perspective”
Presentation to the Executive Secretary, National Aeronautics and Space Council September 1963
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS06

“The Future of Nuclear Energy in Space”
A Panel Discussion, American Nuclear Society Report ANS-AERO-1, November 1963
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS07

“Zeni”
Presentation to the Executive Secretary, National Aeronautics and Space Council, March 1964
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS08

“Future Unmanned Exploration of the Solar System”
Astronautics and Aerospace Engineering, May 1964
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS09

“Space Nuclear Propulsion”
Space Exploration, University of California Engineering and Sciences Extension Series, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS10

“Objective of Unmanned Exploration of the Solar System”
Unmanned Exploration of the Solar System, Vol. 19, American Astronautical Society, February 1965
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS11

“Propulsion for Unmanned Exploration of the Solar System”
(with H.S. London)
Unmanned Spacecraft Meeting, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Los Angeles, July 1965
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS12

“Thrust Into Space”
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1966
National Aeronautics and Space Council
MHF.PS13

“Space Commerce”
(with E.P. Wheaton)
Fourth Goddard Memorial Symposium, American Astronautical Society, Washington, DC, March 1966
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL01

“Unmanned Scientific Exploration Throughout the Solar System”
Space System Reviews, D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland, January 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL02

“Future Interplanetary Unmanned Space Missions”
(with R.L. Moll)
Space Program Impact on Range Development, Vol. 15, American Astronautical Society, University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, March 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL03

“Commercial Space Transportation Possibilities”
13th Annual Meeting of the American Astronautical Society, Dallas, May 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL04

“Unmanned Exploration of the Inner Planets, Comets, the Outer Planets, and Near Interstellar Space”
American Astronautical Society Conference on the Role of Planetary Geology and Geophysics in the Space Effort, Boston, May 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL05

“Nuclear Propelled Passenger Vehicle for Lunar and Planetary Exploration”
(with C.D. McKereghan)
Second Conference on Planetology and Space Mission Planning, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, October 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL06

“Propulsion Systems for Manned Planetary Missions”
1968 Space Technology Conference, Society of Automotive Engineers, Washington, DC May 1968
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL07

“Accessible Regions Beyond the Solar System”
Joint National Meeting, American Astronautical Society/Operations Research Society, Denver, June 1969
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL08

“Are Technological Upheavals Inevitable?”
Harvard Business Review, September-October 1969
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL09

“The Effect of Transportation Systems on Manned Planetary Precursor Missions”
American Astronautical Society, 16th Annual Meeting, “Space Stations and Manned Planetary Exploration,” Anaheim, California June 1970
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL10

“The Hypersonic Transport – The Technology and the Potential”
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 7th Annual Meeting and Technical Display, Houston, October 1970
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL11

“Space Shuttle Influence on Payload and Spacecraft Design”
22nd International Astronautical Congress, Brussels, Belgium, September 20-25, 1971
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL12

“An Analysis of the Effects of the Space Shuttle on Payloads”
5th U.S.-European Conference, San Francisco, May 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL13

“Payload Design Concepts for the Space Shuttle”
(with R.M. Gary, W.F. Miller)
Astronautics & Aeronautics, June 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL14

“The Origins of the Shuttle (According to Hunter)”
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., Sunnyvale, California, September 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL15

“The Effect of Space Shuttle Payload Design Techniques on Total Space Program Cost”
23rd IAF Congress, Vienna, Austria, October 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL16

“Design of Low-Cost, Refurbishable Spacecraft for Use With the Shuttle”
(with R.M. Gray, W.F. Miller)
AIAA 9th Annual Meeting and Technical Display (AIAA Paper No. 73-73), Washington, DC, January 1973
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL17

“An Engineer’s View of The Large Space Telescope (LST)”
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc,, Sunnyvale, California, April 1975
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL18

“Standards Components and Modules for Space Shuttle Payloads”
UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, May 1975
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL19

“A Galactic Perspective”
First Foothill College Symposium on God and Man: Our Future in Space, Los Altos Hills, California, July 1975
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL20

“Beyond the Geocoronium”
A Tribute to Robert H. Goddard, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, March 1976
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL21

“The Modern Pursuit of Scientific Curiosity”
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., Sunnyvale, California, April 1976
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL22

“The Relativity of Relevance”
Second Annual Foothill College Symposium on God and Humanity, Los Altos Hills, California, October 2, 1976
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL23

“Strategic Dynamics and Space Laser Weaponry”
Lockheed Missiles and Space, Co., Inc. Sunnyvale, California October 31, 1977
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL24

“Transportation Options and High Payoff Choices”
AIAA 1982 Annual Meeting and technical Display, Baltimore, MD, May 25-27, 1982
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL25

“Advanced Space Transportation Options”
NGOS at Unispace ’82, Vienna, Austria, August 9-21, 1982
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL26

“Acceptance Speech - On receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award"
Hollidaysburg High School, Hollidaysburg, PA, June 30, 1984
MHFH5

 

“The Opportunity"
San Carlos, CA, August 6, 1985 - Rev. May 6, 1986
MHFH6

 

"The Art of Weaponry"
San Carlos, CA, November, 1985
MHFH7

 

“Great Zeus!"
San Carlos, CA, July 4, 1987
MHFH8

 

“Four Easy Correlations"
San Carlos, CA, August 7, 1987
MHFH9

 

“The Battle"
San Carlos, CA, 1986
MHFH10

 

“The SSX - Single Stage Experimental Rocket”
San Carlos, CA, March 15, 1988
MHFH11

 

“The SSX - Designing for Flight Safety”
San Carlos, CA, December 18, 1988
MHFH12

 

“SSX - Hydrogen vs Hydrocarbons”
San Carlos, CA, December 18, 1988
MHFH13

 

“A Reusable Commercial Space Transport in a World of Expendables: Development, Certification and Operation”
with Gary C. Hudson, Pacific American Launch Systems, Menlo Park, CA, April, 1989
MHFH14

 

“The SSX - Space Command, Space Force and Spaceships”
San Carlos, CA, Sept 15, 1989
MHFH15

 

“The SSX - A True SpaceShip”
The Journal of Practical Applications in Space, Arlington, VA, Fall 1989
MHFH16

 

“The SSX - SpaceShip Experimental - Seven Years Later”
Presented to the 40th annual meeting of the Japanese Rocket Society, Tokyo, Japan, 22 April 1996
MHFH17

 

“The SpaceGuild Plan”
San Carlos, CA May 17, 1989
MHFG1

 

“SpaceGuild Related Activities”
San Carlos, CA May 17, 1989
MHFG2

 

“The Rationale for SpaceGuild”
San Carlos, CA Feb 12, 1990
MHFG3

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