History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two

Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981
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Author(s): T.A. Heppenheimer
Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: Sep 30, 2014
Product Number: EB00369325
Released: Sep 30, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781588344410
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
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Description

Basing his work on virtually untapped NASA archives, T. A. Heppenheimer has produced the second volume of his definitive history of the space shuttle. Volume Two traces the development of the shuttle through a decade of engineering setbacks and breakthroughs, program-management challenges, and political strategizing, culminating in the first launch in April 1981. The focus is on the engineering challenges—propulsion, thermal protection, electronics, onboard systems—and the author covers in depth the alternative vehicles developed by the U.S. Air Force and European countries. The first launch entailed a monumental amount of planning and preparation that Heppenheimer explains in detail.

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