Spacecraft Technology: The Early Years

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IET, Jan 1, 2006 - Science - 388 pages
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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.

It is the period in which we learned how to leave our home planet and explore another, entirely separate, planetary body. It represents an outstanding achievement in exploration.

This book is a celebration of the importance of that early technology in shaping our global culture, from the globalising effect of the communications satellite to the cultural impact of images that place our planet in the context of a wider Universe.

It is aimed at those with an interest in the history of space activity and the development of modern technology.


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User Review  - seabear - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


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
9 Lunar lander the development of the Apollo Lunar Module
10 Electric moon car the development of the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle
11 An epilogue to the space race
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Selected bibliography

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About the author (2006)

Mark Williamson is a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer who has over 25 years experience in satellite communications engineering, technical management and space consultancy, he holds a BSc (Hons) Physics and Astrophysics from Queen Mary College, London.

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