Science: Better than the Germans'?

At the end of World War II, the Germans had an enormous lead over non-German rocket men. To show some of the progress made since by the U.S., General Electric Co. last week gave a guarded glimpse of its rocket motor laboratory at Malta, near Schenectady. The massive test-stands are hidden in a 3,000-acre pine forest well marked with "restricted" signs. Closely shepherded newsmen and photographers did not learn much, except that G.E. has been busy on rockets since 1945, when it first undertook to assemble captured V-25.

Dr. Richard W. Porter, head of "Project Hermes," as G.E. calls its rocket...