The International Handbook of Space Technology

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Malcolm Macdonald, Viorel Badescu
Springer, Jul 8, 2014 - Technology & Engineering - 731 pages
This book is the most unique, definitive handbook of space technology to provide an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of space technology and an understanding of the end-to-end space mission. In addition to the very latest developments in every area of this very broad subject, the authors describe in lines of progressive thoughts all aspects related to space technology, enabling the reader to gain a holistic and interdisciplinary overview or, through the use of self-contained chapters, a more detailed understanding of a specific field. Following a brief historical perspective, the applications of space technology are reviewed prior to an overview of the fundamentals of space exploration, including mission architectures, the space environment and astrodynamics. The processes and methodologies behind the design, development, delivery, operation and use of space systems technology are thereafter described on a system by system basis. In addition to reviewing conventional technologies, such as biological life-support systems and entry, required for autonomous Earth orbiting spacecraft, descent and landing systems are reviewed, while also recognising the importance of software as a space technology

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1 Introduction
2 A SystemLevel View of Space Projects
3 Space Environments and Survivability
4 Introduction to Astrodynamics
5 Introduction to Atmospheric Transit
6 Payload Design and Sizing
7 Space Systems Engineering
8 Launch Systems
15 OnBoard Data Systems
16 Flight Software
17 Habitation in Space
18 Entry Descent and Landing Systems
20 Ground Segment
21 Technology Management
Relationship Between the Project Manager and the Technologist
23 Legal and Regulatory Issues

9 Structure Mechanisms and Deployables
10 Electrical Power
11 Spacecraft Propulsion
12 Attitude and Orbit Control Systems
14 Communications Systems
24 Advanced Concepts
25 Mission and System Design

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Malcolm Macdonald is Associate Director of the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He studied for his PhD at the University of Glasgow from 2000–2002, prior to gaining a research assistant post until December 2004. From 2005–2008 he worked at SciSys UK Ltd. on a range of European Space Agency projects and missions, including ADM-Aeolus and LISA-Pathfinder, progressing to become a senior member of technical staff.

Malcolm has diverse research interests, with activities spanning space and aerospace technology, including mission and system design, astrodynamics, and swarm and disaggregated system engineering. He also has interests in technology foresight, horizon scanning and roadmapping, and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Viorel Badescu is affiliated with the Candida Oancea Institute and a Professor in the Department of Engineering Thermodynamics at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. His mainstream scientific contributions consist of about 250 papers and several books related to statistical physics, thermodynamics, the physics of semiconductors, the various aspects of terrestrial and space solar energy applications and other energy-related issues. Also, he has theorized on present-day Mars meteorology and Mars terraforming and on several macro-engineering projects. He has received four awards, including the Romanian Academy Prize for Physics in 1979. He is member of the Romanian Academy

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