This member of the world-renowned hatmaker family and nephew of the famous automobile racer Fritz Hückel
ignited the first cosmic spaceship with an internal combustion engine together with mechanical engineer Winkler in 1931.
It was named Hückel-Winkler 1 and reached an altitude of 500 meters. The flight took 15 seconds and filled the front pages of all global periodicals. The rocket was a precursor of future giants such as Sputnik, Apollo and others.
Just like Werner von Braun and other promising engineers, Hückel was also member of the Society for Space Travel (Verein für Raumschiffahrt). They published a magazine known as the Rocket (Die Rakete). Both Hückel and Winkler resisted the temptation to cooperate with Hitler, and unlike Braun, they refuse to participate in the development of the V1 and V2 type rockets.