This 7,000 word monograph is illustrated by more than three-dozen photographs many unpublished or rarely seen over the course of the manned space program. This Part 6 of the Beyond the Stars –NASA’s 50 Years of Manned Space Flight series explores how the shuttle got its shape from the early lifting body trials and the vast knowledge accumulated pby the earlier Mercury, gemini and Apolloprograms.
The space shuttle is a winged orbital launch vehicle that evolved from the lifting body trials. The manned reusable space system was designed to slash the cost of space transport, and replace all expendable launch vehicles. It did neither, but it did keep NASA in the manned space flight business for an additional 30 years based on the tremendous amount of data gathered in the first 20 years of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space program.
The Space Shuttle was approved as a national program in 1972. Part spacecraft and part aircraft, it required thinking “out of the box.”
With larger crews, than Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, Shuttle astronauts were divided into three categories: pilots responsible for flying and maintaining the orbiter, and mission specialist responsible for experiments and payloads. A third category was payload specialists, who may not be career astronauts to tend to specific onboard experiments.
|Publisher:||Black Hawk Publishing Co.|
|Series:||Beyond the Stars –NASA’s 50 Years of Manned Space Flight , #6|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||3 MB|
About the Author
He is the author of over 900 magazine and newspaper articles appearing in national magazines such as Private Pilot, Plane & Pilot, Airport Journals, World Airnews, USAir, In-Flight-USA, American Aviation Historical Society's Journal, Women in Aviation, Woman Pilot, Airport Press and Aviation History, Vintage Airplane, Warbirds, Sport Aviation, and Upscale Living Magazine. He has been a commentator on the History Channel, and has published 43 books.
The original founder of the DC-3/Dakota Historical Society, Henry is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame (New Jersey), Women in Aviation International, AOPA, and EAA.
Mr. Holden speaks at various events around the country and is available as a guest lecturer. His work has been the subject of a number of radio and cable television shows in New Jersey, Georgia, Oregon, and Washington State.
Henry Holden is formerly the News Editor East for Airport Journals and was a regular monthly contributor to the paper.