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Halfway to Anywhere; Achieving America's Destiny in Space

Stine, G Harry

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ISBN 10: 0871318059 / ISBN 13: 9780871318053
Published by M. Evans and Company, Inc, New York, NY, 1996
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xiv, 304 [2] pages. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. Foreword by Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. (Astronaut), and Foreword by Wolfgang H. Demisch. George Harry Stine (March 26, 1928 - November 2, 1997) was one of the founding figures of model rocketry, a science and technology writer, and (under the name Lee Correy) a science fiction author. Upon his graduation he went to work at White Sands Proving Grounds, first as a civilian scientist and then, from 1955-1957, at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Missile Test Facility as head of the Range Operations Division. After White Sands, Stine was employed at several other aerospace companies, finally ending up at Martin working on the Titan project. Stine also founded the National Association of Rocketry (initially called the Model Missile Association) and wrote the safety code which became its centerpiece; he served as its president until the late 1960s. Stine wrote the Handbook of Model Rocketry in 1965, which went on through seven editions. This is one of the late G. Harry Stine's most important books. The subject of the book is how to greatly reduce the cost of getting to orbit. Part I describes the historical development of the idea of a completely reusable single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) vehicle that is considered technically feasible by some (but not by others) and which has yet to be built. Part II describes the fascinating inside story of the Delta Clipper - the first fully reusable rocket ever built and successfully flown. Of particular importance is not the technology of the Delta Clipper but the design and managerial philosophy that produced large gains on relatively small budgets. This is one of the most important messages of the book. Part III describes in more general terms what are the characteristics of airline-like operations for SSTO vehicles: complete reusability and rapid turn-around, flight safety and reliability comparable to existing airlines, and ground crew, support facilities, and overall economics also comparable to airline paradigms. . First edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 66509

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Title: Halfway to Anywhere; Achieving America's ...

Publisher: M. Evans and Company, Inc, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The new commercial space age is about to dawn- the possibilities and profits will be sky-high!

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Stine (Mind Machine You Can Build, Top of the Mountain, 1995) has been a prolific author for over 30 years, covering such topics as the space shuttle, space colonization, and space entrepreneurship. His latest work offers many possibilities of using Single-Stage-To-Orbit (SSTO) craft for commercial travel because, he notes, it is much faster than any aircraft in existence today and is reusable. Stine works through the development of this technology, starting at White Sands, after which his presentation becomes increasingly complex. The most fervent objections he has met with concern money, of course. In Chapter 20, "It's the Economics, Stupid!" he responds by offering several reasons why this craft will be economically feasible in the near future. Fascinating stuff for space buffs; recommended for business and science collections.?Lisa K. Miller, Paradise Valley Community Coll. Lib., Phoenix
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