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Preludes to U.S. Space Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard's Rockets to Minuteman III
     

Preludes to U.S. Space Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard's Rockets to Minuteman III

by J. D. Hunley
 

For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the sky. Beginning with this book and concluding with U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle, J. D. Hunley's two-volume work traces the evolution of this technology, from Robert Goddard's early research through the development of the

Overview

For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the sky. Beginning with this book and concluding with U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle, J. D. Hunley's two-volume work traces the evolution of this technology, from Robert Goddard's early research through the development of the Titan missiles and launch vehicles to the refinement of the space shuttle.

Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology is devoted primarily to military hardware and traces the evolution of missile technology from the 1920s through the 1970s, when the Minuteman III became operational. Hunley discusses individual innovations, technology transfer, management systems, and the organizations that were involved in the research and development of a wide range of rockets and missiles, including the German V-2, Redstone, Atlas, Thor, Jupiter, Titan I and II, and Polaris. He also humanizes the subject through numerous anecdotes and sketches of such fascinating individuals as Robert H. Goddard, Wernher von Braun, Bernard Schriever, and "Red" Raborn, among others.

These two volumes constitute a unique, invaluable history of rocketry that highlights the creativity, hard work, and trial-and-error that make up the history of "rocket science."

About the Author:
J. D. Hunley working as a historian for the United States Air Force and NASA during his lengthy career, Hunley has also taught at Allegheny College and served as a Ramsey Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813031774
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
05/11/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

J. D. Hunley was chief historian of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center before his retirement in 2001. Besides working as a historian for the United States Air Force and NASA during his lengthy career, Hunley has also taught at Allegheny College and served as a Ramsey Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum.

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