A truly superb book which shows a tremendous amount of technical detail on the Apollo Command and Service modules. I hope the author is doing a similar treatment of the Lunar Module. My recommendation? If you are a space tech enthusiast this book is a must have. Buy it and enjoy the many pictures. If you need further descriptions get it from the NASA web sites but these pictures are unique.
This is a marvelous compendium of drawings, as is the companion volume on the Lunar Module. Three quibbles only: some of the drawings could use a scale indicator (say, a virtual rod with a standard length) and astronaut figures would be helpful sometimes. I was a bit disappointed at not being able to read the markings on the CM control panels (as you can in the LM volume). But these are minor points. Looking at these books really took me back to the days of Apollo. I can't help thinking that a similar effort today would not be workable, and not just in terms of funding/organisation/motivation, but in terms of technology as well!
Superb. This thin book is a feast of detail on the CSM. I've always had difficulty imagining how the astronauts fit this strange conical spaceship and this book has fixed it. It'll make watching film of them in the CM much less confusing. I've never seen diagrams from NASA, and I've searched, that do what this book has done. Full colour throughout and a good selection of aspects to detail. I can't fault it. The best addition would be getting into a real one.
The Service Module and Command module are incredibly complex engineering marvels that carried the Apollo astronauts to the moon (and back) in the harsh space environment. The command module also brought the astronauts through the earth's atmosphere safely home. As an engineer by education and experience I find these vehicles breathe taking.
It is fascinating to see the complexity of all the systems on the vehicles. Extremely well illustrated, this book provides an excellent overview into the work that went into developing them. One can see by the sophistication of the vehicles that the training necessary for the astronauts to competently operate them was serious business. Even more amazing is that this is just the high level view of these vehicles. Each of the systems: Radar, propulsions, life support, instrumentation (and more) have many more layers of complexity!
This book and Virtual LM a about the lunar module (also written by Scott Sullivan) are both worth the read for anyone interested in the space program or engineering marvels, or both!
I finally manage to find a copy without paying the ridiculous money that some were asking and all I can say is 'BRILLIANT!'. Read along side its sister book 'Virtual LM' they give you a very detailed look into the design and construction of the Apollo spacecraft along with all the other equipment used.
This really is a MUST have for any fan or in fact anyone interested in how NASA managed to put a man on the moon.