The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs

Front Cover
JHU Press, Sep 20, 2006 - History - 312 pages
2 Reviews

How does one go about organizing something as complicated as a strategic-missile or space-exploration program? Stephen B. Johnson here explores the answer—systems management—in a groundbreaking study that involves Air Force planners, scientists, technical specialists, and, eventually, bureaucrats. Taking a comparative approach, Johnson focuses on the theory, or intellectual history, of "systems engineering" as such, its origins in the Air Force's Cold War ICBM efforts, and its migration to not only NASA but the European Space Agency.

Exploring the history and politics of aerospace development and weapons procurement, Johnson examines how scientists and engineers created the systems management process to coordinate large-scale technology development, and how managers and military officers gained control of that process. "Those funding the race demanded results," Johnson explains. "In response, development organizations created what few expected and what even fewer wanted—a bureaucracy for innovation. To begin to understand this apparent contradiction in terms, we must first understand the exacting nature of space technologies and the concerns of those who create them."

 

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs

User Review  - Devin - Goodreads

Interesting look at Systems Management, especially when comparing to software design practices. Not for the faint of heart, this is a dry-read. Read full review

Review: The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs

User Review  - C - Goodreads

This book was hard to follow in that it jumped around among unfamiliar systems, however it follows the birth and development of systems mgmt. Read full review

Contents

V
5
VI
19
VII
47
VIII
81
IX
115
X
154
XI
179
XII
209
XIII
233
XIV
277
XV
283
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page xvi - NACA National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASC National Aeronautics and Space Council NERVA Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application NMI NASA Management Instruction n.mi.
Page xvi - NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization OECD Organization for Economic Co,operation and Development...

References to this book

About the author (2006)

Stephen B. Johnson is an associate professor of space studies at the University of North Dakota.

Bibliographic information