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Author Hunley, J. D., 1941-

Title The development of propulsion technology for U.S. space-launch vehicles, 1926-1991 / J.D. Hunley
Edition 1st ed
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©2007


Description 1 online resource (xi, 383 pages) : illustrations
Series Centennial of flight series ; no. 17
Centennial of flight series ; no. 17.
Contents ILLUSTRATIONS; PREFACE; INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 1 German and U.S. Missiles and Rockets, 1926-66; CHAPTER 2 U.S. Space-Launch Vehicles, 1958-91; CHAPTER 3 Propulsion with Alcohol and Kerosene Fuels, 1932-72; CHAPTER 4 Propulsion with Storable Fuels and Oxidizers, 1942-91; CHAPTER 5 Propulsion with Liquid Hydrogen and Oxygen, 1954-91; CHAPTER 6 Solid Propulsion: JATOs to Minuteman III, 1939-70; CHAPTER 7 Titan and Shuttle Boosters, Other Solid Propulsion, 1958-91; CHAPTER 8 Conclusions and Epilogue; NOTES; A NOTE ON SOURCES; Index
Summary In this definitive study, J. D. Hunley traces the program?s development from Goddard?s early rockets (and the German V-2 missile) through the Titan IVA and the Space Shuttle, with a focus on space-launch vehicles. Since these rockets often evolved from early missiles, he pays considerable attention to missile technology, not as an end in itself, but as a contributor to launch-vehicle technology. Focusing especially on the engineering culture of the program, Hunley communicates this very human side of technological development by means of anecdotes, character sketches, and case studies of problems faced by rocket engineers. He shows how such a highly adaptive approach enabled the evolution of a hugely complicated technology that was impressive?but decidedly not rocket science. Unique in its single-volume coverage of the evolution of launch-vehicle technology from 1926 to 1991, this meticulously researched work will inform scholars and engineers interested in the history of technology and innovation, as well as those specializing in the history of space flight
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Space vehicles -- Propulsion systems -- History
Rocket engines -- Research -- United States -- History
Launch vehicles (Astronautics) -- United States -- History
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Aeronautics & Astronautics.
Launch vehicles (Astronautics)
Rocket engines -- Research
Space vehicles -- Propulsion systems
Antrieb Technik
United States
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781603444538