Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology ( Greenwood Technographies Series)

Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology ( Greenwood Technographies Series)

by A. Bowdoin Van Riper
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0313327955

ISBN-13: 9780313327957

Pub. Date: 11/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance destruction. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age—the exploration of space. Rockets and Missiles traces the history of the technology that led

Overview

Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance destruction. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age—the exploration of space. Rockets and Missiles traces the history of the technology that led to both the great fear of global warfare, and the great excitement of the Space Age. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia, the volume focuses on rocketry in late-20th-century Western Europe, Russia, and the United States, and also covers the spread of rocket technology in East Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Rockets and Missiles covers everything any student or interested layperson would need to understand the history of rocketry. The introduction reviews basic principles of physics and basic elements of chemical rocket technology. Chapters trace the history of rockets from their origins to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the years since World War II. All three principal uses of rocket technology are covered in detail: missiles as long-range strategic weapons and short-range tactical weapons, and rockets as launch vehicles for sending payloads into space The book concludes with a survey of several types of non-chemical rockets now under development for use in outer space. While Rockets and Missiles covers the development of the technology, including how rockets improved in performance, reliability, and versatility. The book also stresses the impact of rocket technology—both military and civilian—on everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313327957
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2004
Series:
Greenwood Technographies
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Timeline

Introduction

The Age of Black Powder, 1000-1900

The Birth of Modern Rocketry, 1900-1942

Rockets in World War II, 1939-1945

Rockets for Research, 1945-1960

Ballistic Missiles and the Cold War, 1945-1990

Rockets to the Moon, 1960-1975

Tactical Missiles in the Cold War, 1945-1960

Space Travel Becomes Routine, 1970-present

Missiles After the Cold War, 1990-present

What Next?

Glossary

Further Reading

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