Focuses on the causes of the failures and discusses how the engineering knowledge base has been enhanced by the lessons learned.
Discusses non-fatal anomalies which do not affect the ultimate success of a mission, but which are failures nevertheless.
Describes engineering aspects of the spacecraft, making this a valuable complementary reference work to conventional engineering texts.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 370
Weight: 1360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
From the reviews:
"Harland (space historian) and Lorenz (Univ. of Arizona, Tucson), using occasional flashes of humor, explore in depth the wide variety of causes of failure of space systems ... . The material is very practical, punchy, and straightforward, presented in a refreshing writing style. The book contains many ... illustrations, extensive references at the end of each chapter and a full 14-page index. ... it is a must for scientists and engineers engaged in or planning a career in space systems. Summing Up: Recommended." (W. E. Howard, CHOICE, November, 2005)
"This book is the literary equivalent of the `tell-all' TV documentary and should meet most of its readers' vicarious interests in what can go wrong in - or on the way to -space. ... The book is pretty well encyclopaedic ... . The book is illustrated with black-and-white photos and diagrams ... . On balance, this book is well researched and referenced ... . Anyone involved in the design, manufacturing and operation of spacecraft and launch vehicles should read this book ... and learn." (satellite-evolution.com, May/June, 2007)
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