Spacecraft Technology: The Early Years
Spacecraft Technology: The Early Years charts the early Space Age, including the launch of the first satellites and the landing of man on the Moon. This period of technological development, between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, is one of the most important we have ever known.
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I read all but the last three chapters (on the Apollo LM, LRV, and something else). I can't be bothered finishing. It was OK but rather dull in places. As a history of technology the book Digital Apollo by David Mindell is much better, even if the latter is narrower in focus. This book skips about between different topics and never seems to treat everything consistently -- except for the weight and size of the early satellites! Technology itself is also not always explained well enough. For example, he talked quite a bit about attitude control (in particular a distinction between spin stabilisation and 3-axis stabilisation) -- but I didn't understand enough of his (short) explanation and therefore a lot of what followed was more or less meaningless to me.
1 A prologue to the Space Age
2 Highway to space the development of the space launch vehicle
3 Looking at space the development of the space science satellite
4 Looking at Earth the development of the Earth observation satellite
5 Keeping in touch the development of the communications satellite
7 Man in space the development of the manned capsule
8 First and only moonship the development of the Apollo Command and Service Module