In this definitive study, J. D. Hunley traces the programas development from Goddardas early rockets (and the German V-2 missile) through the Titan IVA and the Space Shuttle, with a focus on space-launch vehicles. Since these rockets often evolved from early missiles, he pays considerable attention to missile technology, not as an end in itself, but as a contributor to launch-vehicle technology. Focusing especially on the engineering culture of the program, Hunley communicates this very human side of technological development by means of anecdotes, character sketches, and case studies of problems faced by rocket engineers. He shows how such a highly adaptive approach enabled the evolution of a hugely complicated technology that was impressiveabut decidedly not rocket science. Unique in its single-volume coverage of the evolution of launch-vehicle technology from 1926 to 1991, this meticulously researched work will inform scholars and engineers interested in the history of technology and innovation, as well as those specializing in the history of space flight.10 (Oct. 1967): 1791-96; Code 4120 to Code 4100, subj.: Summary of ... 51); Nicholas and Rossi, U.S. Missile Data Book 1994, , pp. 1-5 and 3-2 through ... 8, 11, 26-28, 35-36, 45-47, 49-51, 55-56; Baar and Howard, Polaris! p. 15 (see chap .
|Title||:||The Development of Propulsion Technology for U.S. Space-Launch Vehicles, 1926-1991|
|Author||:||J. D. Hunley|
|Publisher||:||Texas A&M University Press - 2013-02-01|