|Publisher:||Springer International Publishing|
|Series:||Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2018|
|Product dimensions:||5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Roger D. Launius has written or edited more than thirty books on aerospace history, most recently Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce (2014), and Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned (2013).
Howard E. McCurdy is Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA. He is the author of numerous works on the national space program, including Inside NASA (1993), Faster, Better, Cheaper (2001), and Space and the American Imagination (rev. ed. 2011).
Table of Contents1. Introduction: Partnerships for Innovation.
2. The Origins and Flagship Project of NASA's International ProgramThe Ariel Case Study
3. Global Instantaneous Telecommunications and the Development of Satellite Technology
4. The Other Side of Moore's LawThe Apollo Guidance Computer, the Integrated Circuit, and the Mircoelectronics Revolution, 1962–1975
5. NASA's Mission Control CenterThe Space Program's Capitol as Innovative Capital
6. Lessons of LandsatFrom Experimental Program to Commercial Land Imaging, 1969–1989
7. Selling the Space ShuttleEarly Developments
8. Something Borrowed, Something BlueRe-purposing NASA's Spacecraft
9. Encouraging New Space Firms
10. The Discovery ProgramCompetition, Innovation, and Risk in Planetary Exploration
11. Partnerships for InnovationThe X-33/VentureStar
12. Microgravity, Macro InvestmentOvercoming International Space Station Utilization Challenges through Managerial Innovation
12. NASA, Industry, and the Commercial Crew Development ProgramThe Politics of Partnership
13. ConclusionWhat Matters?
What People are Saying About This
“This book offers an amazingly comprehensive, exquisitely detailed history of our space program, told in a series of programmatic vignettes. Launius and McCrudy have done a masterful job of pulling together a narrative that touches on technology milestones and decision points that shaped our nation’s past and pending future in space. It is especially noteworthy in that key technology developments are discussed in the broader context of national policy, highlighting not only the engineering considerations, but also the sometimes larger-than-life personalities behind some of our space program’s greatest accomplishments. It should be required reading for all students of aerospace history and space policy.” (Mark J. Lewis, Director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, Institute for Defense Analyses, USA)
“This book is a virtual singularity. Launius and McCurdy are the gold standard of space history and space policy scholarship, and they have assembled a notable group of historians and policy analysts to trace NASA’s role in the development of high technology. They offer fascinating commentary on what has been done to date, as well as an indispensable reference for managers, administrators, and practitioners planning the next stage in America’s space enterprise. Pointing to future trends in aerospace policy and scholarship, it will be an authority for decades to come.” (Richard P. Hallion, Florida Polytechnic University, USA)