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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Springer New York; Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009 edition (28 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441926291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441926296
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,198,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fortunately Graham Swinerd, reader in astronautics at the University of Southampton, has penned... a maths-free guidebook... if only all popular science books were as clearly presented!" (Four out of five stars, Sean Blair, Sky at Night Magazine, May 2009)

"There is a great deal of useful information that you do not find readily elsewhere and given the rather dry nature of the subject, the book is written in a lucid and engaging style that makes enjoyable reading..." (Robin Flegg, Astronomy Now, May 2009)

"Aimed at non-technical readers, the book requires ‘no prior knowledge’. … The core of the book includes discussion of the various spacecraft subsystems, such as power, propulsion and communications, and a commentary on design. … The book makes reference to ‘Star Trek’, warp drive and the space elevator, but only by way of populist garnish." (Mark Williamson, IET Knowledge Network, May, 2009)

"This work is a basic introduction to spacecraft (mainly satellite) engineering … . The material in this volume should be accessible to any undergraduate who has taken introductory courses in math and physics. … This work is so fundamental and relevant to the modern world that it will be important for all libraries serving undergraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and two-year technical program students." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)

"The book concentrates on fundamental topics such as types of orbits, forces influencing orbits … and the multitude of systems and subsystems associated with spacecraft design. … This is certainly an interesting and highly readable volume which offers one of the best introductions to spacecraft engineering … . In conclusion, the author expresses the hope ‘that this book will play a … part in inspiring young people to get involved in space science and engineering’ ― a hope that I heartily endorse." (Peter Bond, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1212), October, 2009)

“The challenge of making rocketry and spaceflight understandable to the layman is … addressed by Professor Swinerd in this new and attractively produced book. … Written in a friendly style and extensively illustrated with images and graphics the book is well structured and indexed. … For the non specialist, as well as the non technical, this is a novel and interesting starting point for an armchair journey into space.” (Pat Norris, The Aeronautical Journal, July, 2009)

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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. I picked up a copy with very little knowledge of the subject,and was amazed - yes, by how much I didn't know but also by how well Swinerd explains his subject. He promises a book without equations and formulae and achieves it. This is clear to follow, humourous and engaging. Successive chapters deal with the various types of orbit and how to reach them and then the process by which a spaceship is built. He's an expert in the field but doesn't wear his knowledge too thick. He even looks into the future and offers a hopeful account of humanity's further engagement with the stars. This book is well worth reading.
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Format: Hardcover
The book provides a thorough overview of spacecraft design that is easy to understand and is well suited to those without any prior exposure to the field.
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Format: Hardcover
As a science fiction fan with little or no scientific knowledge I found this book provided a fascinating insight into the basics of space orbits and why we are able to send huge lumps of metal out into space,some keeping close to earth to help with the way we live, some flying on to provide even more data to help us understand our world.

Graham Swinerd maintains a light touch always keeping the flow of information entertaining but without compromising the necessary science. A good starting point for anyone interested in spaceflight.
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Excellent ...does what it says on the tin
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I reckon this book will be very useful to everyone who, for study or personal interest, is interested in knowing more about spacecraft, how they are designed and how they fly. Concepts are explained without getting too much into detail, avoiding formulae which might put some people off reading.
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