Elements of Space Technology

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9780124929401: Elements of Space Technology

This book is written for an introductory course in space technology. It is intended for senior or graduate level aerospace engineering students and professional engineers seeking a thorough understanding of the aerospace aspects of space systems. As such it focuses on the primary physics and engineering fundamentals necessary to understand and design space based systems. The book does not include the basics of spacecraft electronics, because this is covered in many systems and electronics books and is typically covered in follow-up courses.


* Derived from the author's thirty years of experience in the aerospace industry and several years of university teaching experience
* More than 130 illustrations
* Advanced subjects and problems indicated by asterisks(*)allow the reader and the instructor to omit topics without losing continuity
* All chapters correspond to the engineering subdivisions typically found in the aerospace industry
* Includes United States and international technologies
* Extensive appendix of important data, not easily located in other sources
* The book does not include the basics of spacecraft electronics

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This book is written to give aerospace professionals and students a thorough understanding of the aerospace aspects of space programs. The book focuses on deriving results from the primary physics and engineering fundamentals necessary to understand and design space-based systems. State-of-the-art descriptions of U.S. and international space technologies and systems, from this rapidly changing field, are included whenever they add permanent validity to the book.

About the Author:

Rudolph Meyer is well known in the aerospace engineering community with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Meyer was the Division General Manager and Chief Engineer for The Aerospace Corporation. Dr. Meyer is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The author also has received the U.S. Air Force Space Division Excellence Award. He has also received appointment as a Regents Lecture at the University of California. Dr. Meyer is the author of more than 50 papers in professional journals and he holds 13 patents.

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