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Nuclear Rocket BookThe Nuclear Rocket: Making Our Planet Green, Peaceful and Prosperous (Apogee Books Space Series) (Paperback) by James Dewar (Author) (July 2009)

Presenting a fundamentally different way of thinking about space programs and the role of nuclear rockets, this study argues for space exploration to be opened up for use by the common man. Contending that all citizens can have personal access to space by using nuclear powered rockets and energy through a “free launch” program based on private funding, this discussion leads to vital debates and dialogues on the real utility, scope and purpose of modern space programs. Displaying the inherently elitist and inequitable nature of chemical rocket space programs, this thorough and exhaustively researched presentation shows how privately funded nuclear rocket programs allow for an epoch-changing era in world history through space colonization.


Solar Sails BookSolar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel (Hardcover) by Giovanni Vulpetti (Author), Les Johnson (Author), Gregory L. Matloff (Author) (May 2008)

Solar sailing is a topic of growing popular and media interest. Solar sail propulsion will make space exploration more affordable and offer access to destinations within (and beyond) the solar system that are currently beyond our reach. This book describes solar sails, how they work and what they will be used for in the exploration of space in an easily readable manner which does not necessitate any prior knowledge of physics or solar sailing. It discusses current plans for solar sails and also describes how advanced technology, such as nanotechnology, might enhance solar-sail performance.


NASA Space Science Vision Missions BookNASA Space Science Vision Missions (Hardcover) by Marc Allen (Author) (March 2008)

In order to extend analyzes of the scientific objectives, system design, and operations of potential future space science missions and to identify precursor technology requirements, NASA has funded studies for a variety of advanced missions. The investigator teams have completed their formal final reports for these studies. The teams were invited to develop shorter, summary versions of these final Vision Mission reports suitable for a broader audience. This book, published in partnership with NASA, is the culmination of that effort. Each of the reports sketches out a revolutionary mission concept, providing information on its science rationale, architecture and implementation approach, technology challenges, and deployment and operations. A final chapter describes an analysis of directions for future technology development inspired by this portfolio of mission concepts: Solar Polar Imager, Titan Explorer, Neptune Orbiter and more.


Advanced Propulsion Systems and Technologies BookAdvanced Propulsion Systems and Technologies Today to 2020 (Hardcover) by Claudio Bruno (March 2008)

Commissioned by the European Space Agency, this book details specific propulsion technologies as envisioned by 2020. Each technology has been considered in terms of concept, associated key technologies, development status and proposed roadmaps. The reader is led through all the steps that propulsion will likely take between now and the 2020s in a clear, concise and detailed way, including market and feasibility perspectives when applicable. The 16 chapters follow a developmental logic. The material starts with the future of SRM, grounded on R&D done at present, goes through the development of LOX/HC liquid rocket engines, a technology based on U.S. and Russian work of the 60s and 70s. It then looks into future technologies, and systems just beginning to make their impact felt now, such as superconductivity applied to electric propulsion, MW-class ion engines (perhaps utilizing a nuclear power source), solar sails, laser propulsion, nuclear propulsion.


To the End of the Solar System: The Story of the Nuclear Rocket BookTo the End of the Solar System: The Story of the Nuclear Rocket (Paperback) by James A. Dewar (January, 2008)

This study is a comprehensive history and analysis of nuclear rocket propulsion systems. Detailing a two decade period: spanning the 1950s through parts of the 1970s by profiling the USA government’s Rover and NERVA programs, a complete history of the development of nuclear propulsion capabilities for space exploration is provided. Eyeing future possibilities, this reference identifies the technological requirements necessary to perform the deep space missions now being planned by NASA and presents a discussion on the political and social issues surrounding nuclear rocket development.


Robotic Exploration of the Solar System BookRobotic Exploration of the Solar System: Part I: The Golden Age 1957-1982 by Paolo Ulivi (Author), David M. Harland (September 2007)

A detailed history of unmanned missions of exploration of our Solar System. Covering missions and results from the 1950s until the present day and some of the latest missions and their results will appear in a popular science book for the first time. Also covers many unflown missions, providing an indication of the ideas that proved to be unfulfilled at the time but which may still be proven and useful in the future.


Development of Propulsion Technology for U.S. Space-launch Vehicles BookThe Development of Propulsion Technology for U.S. Space-launch Vehicles, 1926-1991 by J. D. Hunley (August 2007)

The author traces the program’s development from Goddard’s early rockets (and the German V-2 missile) through the Titan IVA and the Space Shuttle, with a focus on space-launch vehicles. Recommended for scholars and engineers interested in the history of technology and innovation, as well as those specializing in the history of space flight.


Planetary Landers and Entry Probes BookPlanetary Landers and Entry Probes by Andrew Ball, James Garry, Ralph Lorenz, Viktor Kerzhanovich

Concise but broad overview of the engineering, science and flight history of planetary landers and atmospheric entry probes designed to explore the atmospheres and surfaces of other planets. It covers engineering aspects specific to such vehicles which are not usually treated in traditional spacecraft engineering texts. Recommended as a reference for professionals, academic researchers and graduate students involved in planetary science, aerospace engineering and space mission development.


Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel BookRobots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel by Roger D. Launius (Author), Howard E. McCurdy (Author) (January 2008)
Given the near incomprehensible enormity of the universe, it appears almost inevitable that humankind will one day find a planet that appears to be much like the Earth. This discovery will no doubt reignite the lure of interplanetary travel. Will we be up to the task? Given our limited resources, biological constraints and the general hostility of space, what shape should we expect such expeditions to take? The authors survey literature: fictional as well as academic studies; outline the progress of space programs in the United States and other nations, assess the current state of affairs to offer a conclusion startling only to those who haven’t spent time with Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke: to traverse the cosmos, humans must embrace and entwine themselves with advanced robotic technologies.


Saturn V BookStages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles by Roger E. Bilstein (August 2003)

A study of the development of the Saturn launch vehicle that took Americans to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s. The Saturn rocket was developed as a means of accomplishing President John F. Kennedy’s goal for the United States to reach the moon before the end of the decade.


Launch Vehicle BookPreludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III (Paperback) by J.D. Hunley (Author)

For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the sky. J. D. Hunley’s two-volume work traces the evolution of this technology, from Robert Goddard’s research in the 1920s through the development of the Titan missiles and launch vehicles in the 1960s to the refinement of the space shuttle in the 1980s.With the first book devoted primarily to military hardware and the second to launch vehicle hardware, Hunley offers a sweeping overview of these impressive engineering innovations as well as insights into the dynamic personalities responsible for them. Together, the two volumes offer a unique, invaluable history of rocketry that should appeal to a wide range of scholars and space buffs.


U.S. Space Launch-Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle (Paperback) by J.D. Hunley (Author)


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