Blazing the Trail

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Winner of the Luigi Napolitano Award (2006) from the International Academy of Astronautics

This book presents the fascinating story of the events that paved the way to space. It introduces the reader to the history of early rocketry and the subsequent developments that led into the space age. People of various nations and from various lands contributed to the breakthrough to space, and the book takes the reader to faraway places on five ...

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Overview

Winner of the Luigi Napolitano Award (2006) from the International Academy of Astronautics

This book presents the fascinating story of the events that paved the way to space. It introduces the reader to the history of early rocketry and the subsequent developments that led into the space age. People of various nations and from various lands contributed to the breakthrough to space, and the book takes the reader to faraway places on five continents. It also includes many quotes to give readers a flavor of how the participants viewed the developments.

Most publications on the topic either target narrow aspects of rocket history or are popular books that scratch the surface, with minimal and sometimes inaccurate technical details. This book bridges the gap. It contains numerous technical details usually unavailable in popular publications. The details are not overbearing and anyone interested in rocketry and space exploration will navigate through the book without difficulty. There are 340 figures and photographs, many appearing for the first time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563477058
  • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. Humble Beginnings 1
2. Rocket Proliferation--the First Wave 7
3. Under Rocket Fire in India 23
4. The Congreve Rocket 31
5. Rockets Come to America 47
6. First American Rockets 55
7. Rocket Proliferation--the Second Wave 69
8. Public Imagination on Fire 87
9. Great Pioneers 103
10. The First Modern Rocket 137
11. Jato and Beyond 167
12. Building the Foundation 201
13. Road to Suptnik 267
14. Gateways to Heaven 297
15. The Breakthrough 325
16. Opening the Skies 385
17. Joining the Club 417
18. The First Thousand Years 455
Appendix A Acronyms and Abbreviations 463
Appendix B Selected Bibliography 467
Index 477
Supporting Materials 505
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    The most complete history and encyclopedia of rocketry!

    The most complete history and encyclopedia of rocketry! Being an engineer by education and with strong interest in the subject I was immediately attracted by the sub-title. It is very well written (eg reads well) and impresses by both - the breadth and the depth of coverage. It is a must for any professional specialising in the area, an excellent reference book to keep on your bookshelf and a wonderful introduction in the history of the subject for teens. Strongly recommended for anyone with interests in rocketry, spacecraft, austronautics. Dr Vladas Leonas, Fellow of the IEAust Sydney, NSW, Australia

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