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History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two: Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981 [Kindle Edition]

T. A. Heppenheimer

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Book 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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 35321 KB
  • Print Length: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (30 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Scan? 13 Oct. 2013
By DAN BODEAU - Published on
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I have two problems with this volume. The first is the size of the book. I minor point I admit, but shouldn't a two volume series be at least the same size. It looks silly on the bookshelf. The second problem is the quality of print, especially photographs and illustrations. The photographs appear grainy and the illustrations somewhat blurred. The actual content of Heppenheimer's work is, of course, superb.
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