The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs / Edition 1 by Stephen B. Johnson | 9780801868986 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs / Edition 1

The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs / Edition 1

by Stephen B. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 080186898X

ISBN-13: 9780801868986

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

How does one go about organizing something as complicated as a strategic-missile or space-exploration program? Stephen B. Johnson here explores the answer -- systems management -- in a groundbreaking study that involves Air Force planners, scientists, technical specialists, and, eventually, bureaucrats. Taking a comparative approach, Johnson focuses on the theory, or

Overview

How does one go about organizing something as complicated as a strategic-missile or space-exploration program? Stephen B. Johnson here explores the answer -- systems management -- in a groundbreaking study that involves Air Force planners, scientists, technical specialists, and, eventually, bureaucrats. Taking a comparative approach, Johnson focuses on the theory, or intellectual history, of "systems engineering" as such, its origins in the air force's Cold War ICBM efforts, and its migration to not only NASA but the European Space Agency. Exploring the history and politics of aerospace development and weapons procurement, Johnson examines how scientists and engineers created the systems management process to coordinate large-scale technology development, and how managers and military officers gained control of that process. "Those funding the race demanded results," Johnson explains. "In response, development organizations created what few expected and what even fewer wanted -- a bureaucracy for innovation. To begin to understand this apparent contradiction in terms, we must first understand the exacting nature of space technologies and the concerns of those who create them."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801868986
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
New Series in NASA History
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsxi
Abbreviations and Acronymsxv
Introduction: Management and the Control of Research and Development1
1Social and Technical Issues of Spaceflight5
2Creating Concurrency19
3From Concurrency to Systems Management47
4JPL's Journey from Missiles to Space81
5Organizing the Manned Space Program115
6Organizing ELDO for Failure154
7ESRO's American Bridge across the Management Gap179
8Coordination and Control of High-Tech Research and Development209
Notes233
Essay on Sources277
Index283

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