Spacecraft Technology: The Early Years

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IET, 2006 - Science - 388 pages
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Spacecraft Technology: The early years charts the fascinating story of the early Space Age, encompassing the launch of the first satellites and the landing of men on the Moon. While concentrating on the most significant technology developments, it places them in the context of historical events, specific missions and the individuals that made it all happen.

Following a chapter on the pre-history of space exploration and another on the development of rocketry, the book covers the early development of space science satellites, Earth observation satellites, communications satellites, lunar probes and manned space capsules.

Three chapters are dedicated to the hardware designed for the Apollo programme and its role in transporting men to the Moon, landing them there and transporting them across the lunar surface.

Spacecraft Technology: The early years is aimed at scientists and engineers with an interest in the history of space activity and the general reader who enjoys delving into the background of modern technology.

 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

1 A prologue to the Space Age
1
2 Highway to space the development of the space launch vehicle
39
3 Looking at space the development of the space science satellite
83
4 Looking at Earth the development of the Earth observation satellite
125
5 Keeping in touch the development of the communications satellite
199
7 Man in space the development of the manned capsule
231
8 First and only moonship the development of the Apollo Command and Service Module
263
9 Lunar lander the development of the Apollo Lunar Module
293
10 Electric moon car the development of the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle
319
11 An epilogue to the space race
343
Abbreviations and acronyms
363
Selected bibliography
367
Index
373
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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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