3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2011
This is quite a good introductory book to this topic. However, as you would expect from a book that covers such a wide topic, it sometime suffers from superficial explanations. I am only really qualified to critique topics covering physics and telecommunications, but there I can see some weak and incomplete descriptions. This is rescued by each chapter having copious references so that you can chase down any point that you don't understand. Another important point is that this book has twenty chapters with changing authors on each one. This leads to slightly uneven editing overall, but then means (presumably) that each chapter has an expert on that field writing it.
Though this might sound negative, overall the book is very good, and the normally excellent descriptions covering a large topic (and copious references) provide a very interesting read.
on 5 October 2015
I'm reviewing this book as a system engineer working on the next generation of european launchers. I bought it to learn more about the requirements that the payload put on the launcher trajectory and required performances.
The book covers almost all aspects involved in the design of a spacecraft and so is really good for someone who wants to know all the disciplines which are put to work. But, it also means that the book can only brush all those topics without diving in all the technical details. It must be considered as a guidebook, helping you remember all the steps to take into account while working on a design and not a jack of all trade book.
Also, I've found some errors but didn't check yet if there is an offical correction update.
So, TL;DR, if you are a student on the subject or, like me, someone who wants to know more about this subject, go for it. If you are into the business, stay with multiple, more advanced book each covering a single topic unless you want a "reminder".