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NASA Space Shuttle Manual: An Insight Into the Design, Construction and Operation of the NASA Space Shuttle (Owner's Workshop Manual) Hardcover – 7 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844258661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844258666
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 1.6 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Baker joined the US space programme during the Apollo years and later worked on the development of NASA s Shuttle. He has written widely on spaceflight technology and is editor of Aviation News.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clg Bell on 3 Oct. 2011
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This "owner's manual" (!!) describes the design of the shuttle, how it is constructed and how it works in operation. There are copious good quality photographs showing various stages of construction, and also plenty of diagrams that add factual detail. The accompanying text is well written, not at all dry, and adds to the enjoyment of the book.

The author has managed to navigate a sensible middle path between the two extremes of overwhelming the reader with technical detail or, on the contrary, just providing a sequence of pretty pictures - I'd say he has got the balance about right. You don't have to be an engineer or a technical expert to understand this book, although you will find it easier going if you know a little bit about space-flight and rocketry. (And even if you don't you will by the time you've finished reading it.)

He also is clearly writing from personal experience combined with a good technical knowledge of the Shuttle and its operations, so this is not a hagiography. He is not afraid to criticise the technical and commercial shortcomings of the Shuttle's design, or NASA's failure to react to the clear warning signs that preceded the losses of Challenger and Columbia.

In short an excellent manual that not only does what it says on the cover, but also goes well beyond this. I would recommend it highly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Docurosurgery on 20 May 2011
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This Haynes owners' workshop manual for the now venerable shuttle fleet is an excellent addition to their special interest series, which also includes Apollo eleven. The manual includes the history and rationale for shuttle development. The shuttles are described in terms of their self contained structural elements. The writing is lucid,articulate and does not stray into arcane jargon. The accompanying photographs and diagrams are excellent. Do yourself a big favour and get hold of it!
This is a welcome addition to any space enthusiasts library.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S Metzler on 22 May 2013
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Gazing down on the Earth, it seems almost incredible to me now that just 5 months ago my wife presented me with this book for Christmas and told me to sod off and do something useful with my life for a change.
A short trip to B&Q later and I was hard at work. The first obstacle is of course the size of the space shuttle. In the end I had to clear almost everything out of the garage so I had enough space to get to those hard-to-reach units. The flux capacitor was a pain in the ar*e as well, but after watching the Back to the Future trilogy a good 8 times, it made a lot more sense.
After a good 2 weeks of banging away for at least half-an-hour a day, she was finished. I must concede that it was trickier than I thought to get hold of original NASA spare parts; one scrapyard guy even threw something heavy and wedge-shaped at my special area when I asked him where he kept the used space shuttle engines!
In the end I settled for 3 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder engines from 1973 Austin Allegros, and the seats from a '79 Ford Capri (still with those beads for your back!)
Launch date finally came, and I waited patiently for the skies to clear as I didn't want to accidentally bang into an Easyjet coming into Luton and lose a wing mirror or something.
Anyhoo, my kids shouted from the garden that everything looked good, I turned the key, and whoosh! the air blowers came on. I turned them down, turned the key again and whoosh! Within hours I was at close to 37mph at a heady 4 feet above the lush Cornish countryside.
How I actually got into space is actually a bit of a mystery. I remember dosing off after a while, so maybe the flux capacitor kicked in and did its job!

So, in conclusion:

Pros:
Detailed
Easy-to-understand
Excellent value for money

Cons:
Difficult to get required parts
White paintwork is a bit boring
Book is quite heavy
No phasers or warp drive

Hope this helps
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As a bit of space nut I bought this with some expectations and to a degree I was a little, but only a little, disappointed. If you have one of these in your shed and you need to know how to change the tyre, sparkplug or a windscreen wiper blade then this book is not for you as its not a super indepth analysis of the shuttle and how it works. But having said that it is interesting and you do learn some stuff you haven't known before. The book starts by going through the history of the shuttle design and all the options considered before going into flight testing, construction, flight and then areas about the environmental control systems, fuel cells etc, so it is informative. A lot of the pictures and line drawings I have seen before, but some I had not.

Not a warts and all Shuttle book but still very informative none the less. Entertaining bedtime reading.
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This provides a good leap between the overlap between the Apollo programme, the time of the Shuttle, and what is now being developed. Yet another great technological product to suit a big purpose. The number of excellent shuttle simulators available now is testament to the longevity of the idea of there Shuttle. (For Haynes) Are you going to do any manuals for the Russian space programme who were competing with the USA?
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By Olliemotion on 12 Mar. 2014
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I bought as a b-day present for my dad and he loves it.
It contains fantastic imagery and the information is in such an accessible yet not in "dumbed down" form. The only issue I/my dad has is the length, its just to short for such a good book.
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