To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles

To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles

by Roger D. Launius
     
 

" Access-no single word better describes the primary concern of the exploration and development of space. Every participant in space activities-civil, military, scientific, or commercial-needs affordable, reliable, frequent, and flexible access to space. To Reach the High Frontier details the histories of the various space access vehicles developed in the United… See more details below

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" Access-no single word better describes the primary concern of the exploration and development of space. Every participant in space activities-civil, military, scientific, or commercial-needs affordable, reliable, frequent, and flexible access to space. To Reach the High Frontier details the histories of the various space access vehicles developed in the United States since the birth of the space age in 1957. Each case study has been written by a specialist knowledgeable about the vehicle described and places each system in the larger context of the history of spaceflight. The technical challenge of reaching space with chemical rockets, the high costs associated with space launch, the long lead times necessary for scheduling flights, and the poor reliability of the rockets themselves show launch vehicles to be the space program's most difficult challenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813122458
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/15/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
1.31(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Episodes in the Evolution of Launch Vehicle Technology1
1Rocketry and the Origins of Space Flight33
2State-and-a-Half: The Atlas Launch Vehicle70
3Delta: The Ultimate Thor103
4Titan: Some Heavy Lifting Required147
5History and Development of U.S. Small Launch Vehicles186
6Minuteman and the Development of Solid Rocket Launch Technology229
7The Biggest of Them All: Reconsidering the Saturn V301
8Taming Liquid Hydrogen: The Centaur Saga334
9Broken in Midstride: Space Shuttle as a Launch Vehicle357
10Eclipsed by Tragedy: The Fated Mating of the Shuttle and Centaur415
11The Quest for Reusability443
12Epilogue: "To the Very Limit of Our Ability": Reflections on Forty Years of Military-Civil Partnership in Space Launch470
Notes on Contributors502
Index505

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