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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About the author (2002)

Roger D. Launius is a curator at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. He has written or edited a number of books, including "Imagining Space: Achievements, Projections, Possibilities, 1950-2050".

Dennis R. Jenkins is a consulting engineer in Cape Canaveral, Florida, working on various aerospace projects including 20 years on the Space Shuttle and several on the stillborn X-33 program. He is the author of "Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System - The First 100 Missions" in addition to more than 30 other works on aerospace history.

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