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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]

David Baker
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7 April 2011 Owner's Workshop Manual
Designed between 1969 and 1972 and first flown into space in 1981, the NASA Shuttle will have flown almost 140 missions by the time it is retired in 2010. David Baker describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction and operation. The Shuttle s internal layout and systems are explained, including the operation of life support, electrical power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing and avionics systems. Detailed how it works Haynes Manual treatment. A fascinating insight into the design, construction and operation of the NASA Space Shuttle. Expert author who has worked on the Apollo and Shuttle space programmes. Fully illustrated with NASA photographs and drawings. Publication will be at the closure of the Space Shuttle story as the final flight is expected in late 2010.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844258661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844258666
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,819 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Nasa Space Shuttle 20 May 2011
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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Excellent Book. Excellent Service
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read with the Apollo companion books 16 Jun 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 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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5.0 out of 5 stars fab. 5 Oct 2013
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Ordered for my space mad 9 year old son.
I'm sure it will make a perfect gift for him as its packed full of diagrams and information.
Designed for a much older target audience so to speak but perfect for little and big geeks alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Good - as the Haynes Manuals should be! 23 April 2013
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Arrived in mint condition. I shall enjoy perusing these very informative and detailed Manuals very much! Looking forward to learning all about the Space Shuttle over the years until its recent retirement from service!
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4.0 out of 5 stars welcomed 5 April 2013
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I bought this as part of a retirement present for my space mad boss. He loved it and thought it was a great present - and it was a good read too apparently - not just a fun thing.
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