Spacecraft Technology: The Early Years (History of Technology)

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This book covers the development of space technology in the late 1950s and 1960s from the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 to the landing of men on the moon in 1969. The text begins by looking at the challenge of getting into space and the development of the launch of the space launch vehicle, and moves on to discussion of unmanned satellites and spaceprobes, and the first capsules deployed in Earth orbit and the Apollo missions to the moon.

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Mark Williamson is an independent consultant in the space industry. The former editor of Space & Communications magazine, he is also former editorial director of Earth Space Review magazine, and the author of three books, including The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology, as well as more than 300 journal and magazine articles. He is a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer who has over 25 years experience in satellite communications engineering, technical management and space consultancy.

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'...in general this is a good introduction to space history' -- Ander Hansson * Spaceflight * 'Spacecraft Technology: The Early Years should be on the reading list for decision makers and technology entrepreneurs alike, if only to remind the current generation how the great innovations that we take for granted ultimately came to be.' -- Jonathan Krezel * Space Times *

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