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By J. D. Hunley

In this definitive research, J. D. Hunley strains the program’s improvement from Goddard’s early rockets (and the German V-2 missile) during the Titan IVA and the distance travel, with a spotlight on space-launch automobiles. for the reason that those rockets frequently developed from early missiles, he will pay huge consciousness to missile know-how, no longer as an result in itself, yet as a contributor to launch-vehicle technology.

Focusing in particular at the engineering tradition of this system, Hunley communicates this very human part of technological improvement via anecdotes, personality sketches, and case stories of difficulties confronted through rocket engineers. He indicates how this type of hugely adaptive strategy enabled the evolution of a highly advanced know-how that was once impressive—but decidedly no longer rocket science.

precise in its single-volume insurance of the evolution of launch-vehicle expertise from 1926 to 1991, this meticulously researched paintings will tell students and engineers attracted to the historical past of know-how and innovation, in addition to these focusing on the historical past of area flight.

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