NASA Space Shuttle Manual: An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of the NASA Space Shuttle

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Designed between 1969 and 1972 and first flown into space in 1981, the NASA Shuttle will have flown almost 140 missions by the time it is retired in 2011. David Baker describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction, and operation. The Shuttle’s internal layout and systems are explained, including the operation of life support, electrical-power production, cooling, ...

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Overview

Designed between 1969 and 1972 and first flown into space in 1981, the NASA Shuttle will have flown almost 140 missions by the time it is retired in 2011. David Baker describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction, and operation. The Shuttle’s internal layout and systems are explained, including the operation of life support, electrical-power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing, and avionics systems.

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Editorial Reviews

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FLYING MODELS
"More than 250 photographs and technical illustrations complement the authoritative text, giving insight into this marvel of space-age technology."

INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC MODELERS SOCIETY USA
"This volume is definitely a “must have” for anybody interested in the Shuttle program or seriously building a model of one of these legendary machines. Outstanding!"

Cybermodeler.com

"While the Shuttles will no-doubt end up in museums, you will never see them in their complete settings ever again and titles like this will be very useful in looking back into the history and higher-level details of this unique spacecraft. This is a nicely written title with great photography that will interest space enthusiasts as well as modelers who are looking for some good views in and around the Space Shuttle. Definitely recommended!"

Universe Today.com
"With modern imagery and text reflective of the program’s long history, [NASA Space Shuttle Owners' Workshop Manual] encapsulates all of the accomplishments that the vehicle’s design allowed to become a reality...well worth the price."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760340769
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 949,941
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Baker joined the U.S. space program during the Apollo years and later worked on the development of NASA’s Space Shuttle. He has written widely on the spaceflight technology and is the editor of Aviation News.

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