U.S. Space Launch Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle by J. D. Hunley
For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the sky. J. D. Hunley's two-volume work traces the evolution of this technology, from Robert Goddard's research in the 1920s through the development of the Titan missiles and launch vehicles in the 1960s to the refinement of the space shuttle in the 1980s.
With the first book devoted primarily to military hardware and the second to launch vehicle hardware, Hunley offers a sweeping overview of these impressive engineering innovations as well as insights into the dynamic personalities responsible for them. Together, the two volumes offer a unique, invaluable history of rocketry that should appeal to a wide range of scholars and space buffs.
J. D. Hunley was chief historian of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center before his retirement in 2001. Besides working as a historian for the United States Air Force and NASA during his lengthy career, Hunley has also taught at Allegheny College and served as a Ramsey Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 Viking and Vanguard, 1945-1959 10 The Thor-Delta Family of Space-Launch Vehicles, 1958-1990 40 The Atlas Space-Launch Vehicle and Its Upper Stages, 1958-1990 83 The Scout Family of Space-Launch Vehicles, 1956-1990 127 Saturn I through Saturn V, 1958-1975 158 Titan Space-Launch Vehicles, 1961-1990 220 The Space Shuttle, 1972-1991 265 The Art of Rocket Engineering 314 Notable Technological Achievements 325 Notes 337 Glossary of Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviations 393 Sources 403 Index 429