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In this definitive study, J. D. Hunley traces the program’s development from Goddard’s early rockets (and the German V-2 missile) through the Titan IVA and the Space Shuttle, with a focus on space-launch vehicles. Since these rockets often evolved from early missiles, he pays considerable attention to missile technology, not as an end in itself, but as a contributor to launch-vehicle technology. Focusing especially on the engineering culture of the program, Hunley communicates this very human side of technological development by means of anecdotes, character sketches, and case studies of problems faced by rocket engineers. He shows how such a highly adaptive approach enabled the evolution of a hugely complicated technology that was impressive—but decidedly not rocket science. Unique in its single-volume coverage of the evolution of launch-vehicle technology from 1926 to 1991, this meticulously researched work will inform scholars and engineers interested in the history of technology and innovation, as well as those specializing in the history of space flight.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. CHAPTER 1. German and U.S. Missiles andRockets, 1926-66
  2. pp. 7-47
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  1. CHAPTER 2. U.S. Space-Launch Vehicles,1958-91
  2. pp. 48-100
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Propulsion with Alcohol and Kerosene Fuels,1932-72
  2. pp. 101-144
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  1. CHAPTER 4. Propulsion with Storable Fuels and Oxidizers,1942-91
  2. pp. 145-172
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Propulsion with Liquid Hydrogen and Oxygen,1954-91
  2. pp. 173-221
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  1. CHAPTER 6. Solid Propulsion: JATOs to Minuteman III,1939-70
  2. pp. 222-258
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  1. CHAPTER 7. Titan and Shuttle Boosters, Other Solid Propulsion,1958-91
  2. pp. 259-287
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  1. CHAPTER 8. Conclusions and Epilogue
  2. pp. 288-298
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 299-362
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  1. A NOTE ON SOURCES
  2. pp. 363-370
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 371-383
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781603444538
Related ISBN
9781585445882
MARC Record
OCLC
698590834
Pages
388
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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