To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles

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Roger D. Launius, Dennis R. Jenkins
University Press of Kentucky, 2002 - History - 519 pages
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" Access -- no single word better describes the primary concern of the exploration and development of space. Every participant in space activities -- civil, military, scientific, or commercial -- needs affordable, reliable, frequent, and flexible access to space. To Reach the High Frontier details the histories of the various space access vehicles developed in the United States since the birth of the space age in 1957. Each case study has been written by a specialist knowledgeable about the vehicle described and places each system in the larger context of the history of spaceflight. The technical challenge of reaching space with chemical rockets, the high costs associated with space launch, the long lead times necessary for scheduling flights, and the poor reliability of the rockets themselves show launch vehicles to be the space program's most difficult challenge.

  

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StageandaHalf The Atlas Launch Vehicle
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Delta The Ultimate Thor
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Titan Some Heavy Lifting Required
147
History and Development of US Small Launch Vehicles
186
Minuteman and the Development of SolidRocket Launch Technology
229
The Biggest of Them All Reconsidering the Saturn V
301
Taming Liquid Hydrogen The Centaur Saga
334
Broken in Midstride Space Shuttle as a Launch Vehicle
357
Eclipsed by Tragedy The Fated Mating of the Shuttle and Centaur
415
The Quest for Reusability
443
Epilogue To the Very Limit of Our Ability Reflections on Forty Years of MilitaryCivil Partnership in Space Launch
470
Notes on Contributors
502
Index
505
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About the author (2002)

John Logsdon is former Director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University. Logsdon was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a current member of the NASA Advisory Council. Logsdon is a professor emeritus of political science and international affairs, and has been on the GWU faculty since 1970. He is also on the faculty of the International Space University, and held the first Chair in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum. During 2008-2009, he held the position of Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Logsdon authored the entry on space exploration for the latest edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica and many articles and commentaries.

Dennis R. Jenkins spent 30 years as an engineer and manager on the Space Shuttle Program and other space-related programs incuding the X-33, Orbital Space Plane, and the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Most recently he has served as an advisor and investigator on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, and as technical staff to the president's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy and the Space Shuttle Return to Flight Task Group. He is currently the Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Jenkins has written more than 40 books on aerospace subjects.

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