Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 176 pages
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Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance destruction. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age--the exploration of space. Rockets and Missiles traces the history of the technology that led to both the great fear of global warfare, and the great excitement of the Space Age. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia, the volume focuses on rocketry in late-20th-century Western Europe, Russia, and the United States, and also covers the spread of rocket technology in East Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Rockets and Missiles covers everything any student or interested layperson would need to understand the history of rocketry: BL The introduction reviews basic principles of physics and basic elements of chemical rocket technology. BL Chapters trace the history of rockets from their origins to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the years since World War II. BL All three principal uses of rocket technology are covered in detail: missiles as long-range strategic weapons and short-range tactical weapons, and rockets as launch vehicles for sending payloads into space BL The book concludes with a survey of several types of non-chemical rockets now under development for use in outer space. BL While Rockets and Missiles covers the development of the technology, including how rockets improved in performance, reliability, and versatility. The book also stresses the impact of rocket technology--both military and civilian--on everyday life.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Age of B1ack Powder 10001900
7
The Birth of Modern Rocketry 19001942
25
Rockets in World War II 19391945
41
Rockets for Research 19451960
57
Ba1listic Missiles and the Cold War 19451990
71
Rockets to the Moon 19601975
93
Tactical Missi1es in the Co1d War 19501990
111
Spaceflight Becomes Routine 1970Present
125
Missi1es after the Cold War 1990Present
139
Conc1usion What Next?
155
G1ossary
161
Further Reading
165
Index
169
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About the author (2004)

A. BOWDOIN VAN RIPER is an adjunct professor at Southern Polytechnic State University. He is the author of Looking UP: Aviation and the Popular Imagination (2003), Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2002), and Men among the Mammoths: Victorian Science and the Discovery of Human Prehistory (1993).

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