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The Regener barrel (German language: Regener-Tonne) was the name of a scientific payload for the World War II V-2 rocket. Mid-1942 plans for subsequent launches to study upper-atmospheric guidance and science[1] were not carried out due to the need for test launches and the eventual advance of the Russian armies. Instrumentation had been contracted on July 11, 1942; and the Research Foundation for the Physics of the Stratosphere was to develop the "Regener barrel" with a quartz barograph, a recording thermometer, an ultra-violet spectrograph, and an air sampler.[2][3][4][5][verification needed] By January 18, 1945, rumors of nearby Soviet tanks resulted in Erich Regener's organization being sent from Peenemünde before the A-4 instrument package had been finished.[1] The Regener-Tonne parachute was tested at Peenemünde Prüfstand VII and a mock-up was launched in January 1945.[citation needed]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Neufeld, Michael J (1995). The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era. New York: The Free Press. p. 256. 
  2. Braun, Wernher von (Estate of); Ordway III, Frederick I & Dooling, David Jr. (1985) [1975]. Space Travel: A History. New York: Harper & Row. p. 54. ISBN 0-06-181898-4. 
  3. Dornberger, Walter (1952 -- US translation V-2 Viking Press:New York, 1954) (in German). V2--Der Schuss ins Weltall. Esslingan: Bechtle Verlag. p. 226. 
  4. Klee, Ernst; Merk, Otto (1963, English translation 1965). The Birth of the Missile:The Secrets of Peenemünde. Hamburg: Gerhard Stalling Verlag. pp. 111, 113, 126. 
  5. Ley, Willy (1951 - revised edition 1958) [1944]. Rockets, Missiles and Space Travel. New York: The Viking Press. p. 254. 

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