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LSC Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics + Website (Space Technology Series) [Hardcover]

Jerry Jon Sellers , William J. Astore , Robert B. Giffen , Wiley J Larson
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1 Sep 2007 0077230302 978-0077230302 3

Understanding Space provides an excellent in-depth explanation of astronautic principles making it a must-have for undergrad aerospace students.

This is an introductory text in astronautics designed for managers and young engineers new to the space field. The study of astronautics and space missions can appear difficult at times, but our goal is to bring space down to Earth and de-mystify it, so each reader understands the big picture with confidence. It contains historical background and a discussion of space missions, space environment, orbits, atmospheric entry, spacecraft design, spacecraft subsystems, and space operations. This is a truly user-friendly, full-color text focused on understanding concepts and practical applications but written in a down-to-earth, engaging manner that painlessly helps you understand complex topics. It is laid out with multi-color highlights for key terms and ideas, reinforced with detailed example problems, and supported by detailed section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations.



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  • Hardcover: 774 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 3 edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077230302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077230302
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An excellent primer for the serious space enthusiast. The reader will need more than a passing familiarity with algebraic concepts, but this book is written in textbook format -- what the heck, it IS a textbook! If anyone ever planned to launch a satellite from their own backyard, this is the book that will guide them. Want to be an engineer-physicist? Want to be an astronaut? This is the book for you --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
The reader will need more than a passing familiarity with algebraic concepts, but this book is written in textbook format -- what the heck, it IS a textbook! If anyone ever planned to launch a satellite from their own backyard, this is the book that will guide them. Want to be an engineer-physicist? Want to be an astronaut? This is the book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the kind 4 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
Best book of the kind I have ever read. It is difficult or maybe impossible to find something at this level here in Portugal. Either you find books that are basic and children driven or at an University level. There is nothing in between. This book fills the gap. And it it built so you can read it two ways: going deep into the subject or skipping the most dense parts and enjoy the descriptions about how it is done, without the technical details. The graphs and drawings are in such a way that I could easily visualize things I expected to be difficult to do so. Good pictures and at the end you can find the maths and the physics you had forgotten. I recomend this book for people that are preparing to go to an Astronautics course at University. You will get prepared without noticing it. For someone who is already there it's a good sidekick.
Have a nice flight
Jorge Santos
Ermesinde, Portugal
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5.0 out of 5 stars LSC Understanding Space: 12 Mar 2013
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as part of a required study this is niceley put together , thanks . . . . . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sellers' Astronautics book 4 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book for learning Astronautics. As much as we have so far covered has been really excellently presented and explained, it is very easy to understand, I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn Astronautics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in-depth explanation of astronautic principles 1 Mar 2000
By Aero Nut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was unaware of this book until I needed it for a college course in Orbital Dynamics. This book is the most accessible that I've seen on the subject. It supplies an in-depth, yet understandable explanation, of spaceflight principles covering orbital mechanics, rocket propulsion, guidance, and reentry. The math is at a high-school senior or college freshman level but a motivated individual should be able to master most of the material. Make sure to work the chapter problems if you want a thorough understanding of the subject. If you want to REALLY understand the basic principles of spaceflight, this is THE book!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to many issues with space. 7 Feb 2000
By Chris Swan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am Aerospace Engineering student and found the book to be a very good introduction to many questions regarding space and space travel. While this book does not go into specifics, it is easy to read and understand (high school level).
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relating Space for the Masses!! 25 Mar 2006
By J. Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Jerry Jon Seller's book, "Understanding Space" is an amazing textbook about the technical aspects of space. The text is well written, the diagrams are easily understood, and the "tech-factor" for space geeks is acceptably high. It is no wonder that the United States Air Force has recommended "Understanding Space" as its baseline text concerning Technical aspects of space flight.

For those afraid of "rocket-science" level math, the book is written at a very easy level, using algebra, trigonometry, and bits of calculus covered with a whole BUNCH of physics. It is an excellent text for technical classes, and also easily readable for non-technical space classes. I've personally referenced this book in *EVERY* space-related class I've taken (4 undergrad and a *whole* bunch of graduate classes) - if you buy it, you will use it, I guarantee.

The only downside to this text lies in the fault of its users, not the author or publisher. This book was written to be the introduction to the Space Technology Library, a list covering more advanced topics in space. That said, the text is written at a high-school/undergraduate level for math and physics; yet the USAF has committed its "Certified Space Professionals" to using the text at their advanced level "Space 200" course. If you're taking (or teaching) space-related classes, understand the level of information you're needing - there *are* other space technical books (some by the same publisher) that will cover these topics in more depth (i.e. harder math and physics).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Astro PhD 21 Jan 2005
By K. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Excellent introduction book with some of the best illustrations to help you visualize the concepts. It is written at the high-school senior/college freshman level, so don't expect it to teach you anything as a grad student in Astro. But, for the price, it's a pretty good desk reference even for the grad student.

It gets my highest recommendation for a basic introduction to the topic (expecially for the high-school senior).
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer for the serious space enthusiast 26 Sep 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The reader will need more than a passing familiarity with algebraic concepts, but this book is written in textbook format -- what the heck, it IS a textbook! If anyone ever planned to launch a satellite from their own backyard, this is the book that will guide them. Want to be an engineer-physicist? Want to be an astronaut? This is the book for you
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