What does it take to design, create, and launch a spaceship? The skills of engineers, among other things. Since the mid-twentieth century, engineers have given us spaceships, satellites, probes, land rovers, and an orbiting space station. Plans for future spaceships, as well as a manned voyage to Mars, are well underway. This exciting resource explains the astronautical engineering accomplishments of the past and present, along with an array of engineering obstacles that must be overcome to create the spaceships that will launch us into the exciting future of space exploration. Get ready for takeoff!
Table of Contents
1 From Rockets to Starships 7
2 Forces, Fuel, and Fire 14
3 Speed, Shields, and Solar Sails 21
4 What's Up Next? 29
5 Where No One Has Gone Before 36
Further Reading 47