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This virtual bookstore is provided in association with Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

New Books of Interest

Deep Space Probes : To the Outer Solar System and Beyond
Gregory L. Matloff - 2005
Amazon: US UK

"The Space Age is nearly 50 years old but exploration of the outer planets and beyond has only just begun. Deep-Space Probes Second Edition draws on the latest research to explain why we should explore beyond the edge of the Solar System and how we can build highly sophisticated robot spacecraft to make the journey. Many technical problems remain to be solved, among them propulsion systems to permit far higher velocities, and technologies to build vehicles a fraction of the size of today’s spacecraft. Beyond the range of effective radio control, robot vehicles for exploring deep space will need to be intelligent, ‘thinking’ craft – able to make vital decisions entirely on their own. Gregory Matloff also looks at the possibility for human travel into interstellar space, and some of the immense problems that such journeys would entail. This second edition includes an entirely new chapter on holographic message plaques for future interstellar probes – a NASA-funded project."


Spaceflight Rvolution

  Spaceflight Revolution
David Ashford - 2003
Amazon: US UK

"Examines space travel issues and shows why space tourism will one day become the single largest business in space, and how astronomy and environmental science will be transformed by low-cost access making possible instruments vastly larger than those of today."

The author is director of Bristol Spaceplanes & the Ascender X PRIZE project.

To Reach the High Frontier

To Reach the High Frontier:
A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles

Roger D. Launius (ed), Dennis R. Jenkins (Editor) - 2002
Amazon: US

"...This book presents case studies in the history of all the major rockets built by the United States. Each study has been written by a specialist knowledgeable about the vehicle described and well able to place each system in the larger context of the history of spaceflight...." - book description, Amazon

Creating the International Space Station
by David M. Harland, John E. Catchpole - 2002
Amazon: US

"Creating the International Space Station is the first comprehensive review of the historical background, rationale behind, and events leading to the construction and commissioning of the ISS. The authors describe the orbital assembly of the ISS on a flight-by-flight basis, listing all the experiments planned in the various laboratory modules and explain their objectives. They also provide an account of the long-term stresses and strains of building the ISS on the US/Russia relationship, especially after 1997. By offering a comprehensive mix of operational work, microgravity science and future plans, the book should satisfy both the space enthusiast, eager for a detailed review of the missions, and the specialist wishing to read about the science research program."- Amazon book description

Other new books of interest

  • Dyna-Soar: Hypersonic Strategic Weapons System - [X-20] (Apogee Books Space Series) by Robert Godwin (Editor) - 2003. Amazon: US UK
  • Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft by Rex Hall, David Shayler - 2003. Amazon: US UK

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Spaceflight Systems

What does a spacecraft need to function in space? What challenges from the space environment must be met?

Space Vehicle Mechanisms
Gossamer Spacecraft : Membrane and Inflatable Structures Technology for Space Application
Christopher H.M. Jenkins (ed) - 2001
Amazon: US UK

Creating the International Space Station
by David M. Harland, John E. Catchpole - 2002
Amazon: US

   Space Vehicle Mechanisms : Elements of Successful Design
Peter Conley et al - 1997
Amazon: US UK
The Space Environment : Implications for Spacecraft Design
Alan C. Tribble - 1995
Amazon: US UK
The Logic Of Microspace
Rick Fleeter et al - 2000
Amazon: US
Elements of Space Technology for Aerospace Engineers
Rudolph X. Meyer - 1990
Amazon: US UK
Skylab: America's Space Station
David Shayler - 2001
Amazon: US UK
Reducing Space Mission Cost
J. R. Wertz (Ed), W. J. Larson (Ed) - 1996
Amazon: US

So how do satellites work? What impact have they had on our society and economy? How do satellites communicate with earth?

Something New Under the Sun
Satellite Technology : An Introduction
A. C. Luther &
A. Inglis - 1997
Amazon: US UK
Introduction to Satellite Communication
B. R. Elbert - 1999

Amazon: US UK
Something New Under the Sun : Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age Helen Gavaghan - 1998
Amazon: US UK
Satellite Communications Dennis Roddy - 1995
Amazon: US UK
   Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications: MPEG Enabled Service
Donald C. Mead - 1999
Amazon: US UK

Rockets & Other Propulsion Systems

How do rockets work? Where can you find a listing of all the rocket vehicles ever built?

Related books: Exotic Propulsion & Spaceflight Systems, Launch & Return Technologies, Solar Sails,
HobbySpace: Launch & Propulsion Systems, RLV Countdown, RLV News
Rocket Propulsion Elements
Rockets of the World
Peter Alway - 1999
Amazon: US
International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, Third Edition AIAA - 1999
Amazon: US UK
Rocket Propulsion Elements : An Introduction to the Engineering of Rockets 7th edt
by- O. Biblarz, G. P. Sutton
- 2000
Amazon: US UK
Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion
P. G. Hill - 1992
Amazon: US UK
   Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion: Principles, Practice and New Developments
by M. J. L. Turner
- 2000
Amazon: US UK
   Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines
Dieter K. Huzel, David H. Huang - 1992
Amazon: US UK

U.S. Manned Spaceflight in the 20th Century: The Successes. The Failures. The Options
(CD-ROM book)
Raymond J. Schmitt - 2002
Amazon: US UK

Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile Program
David K. Stumpf, Jay W. Kelley - 2000
Amazon: US UK


Launch & Return Technologies

What kind of vehicles can take us into space? What kind can bring us back? What new launch and return vehicles are in development? Can fully reusable vehicle revolutionize space access?

Related books: Exotic Propulsion & Spaceflight Systems, Rockets & Other Propulsion Systems, Solar Sails
HobbySpace: Launch & Propulsion Systems, RLV Countdown, RLV News
The Space Shuttle: The FIrst 20 Years
Halfway to Anywhere: Achieving America's Destiny in Space
G. Harry Stine - 1998.
Amazon: US UK
Space Shuttle : The History of the National Space Transportation System-The First 100 Missions
Dennis R. Jenkins - 2001
Amazon: US UK
  Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years -- The Astronauts' Experiences in Their Own Words
Air & Space/Smithsonian Magazine - 2002
Amazon: US UK
Spaceflight in the Era of Aero-Space Planes
Russell J. Hannigan - 1994.
Amazon: US UK
Reusable Launch Vehicle : Technology Development and Test Program
Richard A. Hartunian - 1996.
Amazon: US UK
Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft
Rex Hall, David Shayler - 2003
Amazon: US
The Space Shuttle Operators Manual
K. M. Joels et al - 1988
Amazon: US
Space Shuttle : The History of Developing the National Space Transportation System
Dennis R. Jenkins - 1996.
Amazon: US
The Space Shuttle: Roles, Missions and Accomplishments
David M. Harland - 1998
Amazon: US UK
X-15: the Nasa Mission Reports
Robert Godwin (Editor)
Book & CD - 2000
Amazon: US
    Flying Without Wings : Nasa Lifting Bodies
M. O. Thompson & C. Peebles - 1999
Amazon: US
  The X-Planes:
X-1 to X-45: 3rd Edition

Jay Miller, Chuck Yeager (Intro) - 2001
Amazon: US UK
Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15
Dennis R. Jenkins, Tony Landis, Scott Crossfield (Foreword), William H. Dana (Foreword) - 2003
Amazon: US UK

X-15 Diary: The Story of America's First Space Ship
Richard Tregaskis - 2000
Amazon: US UK

At the Edge of Space : The X-15 Flight Program
M. O. Thompson, Neil Armstrong - 1992.
Amazon: US UK


Dyna-Soar: Hypersonic Strategic Weapons System -
[about X-20]
Robert Godwin (Editor) - 2003.
Amazon: US UK


Exotic Propulsion &
Spaceflight Technologies

Can we someday use warp drive or workholes to travel the galaxy? Are their current technologies that could take us to the stars?

Related books: Launch & Return Technologies, Rockets & Other Propulsion Systems, Solar Sails,
HobbySpace: Launch & Propulsion Systems, RLV Countdown
The Starflight Handbook
Faster Than Light : Superluminal Loopholes in Physics
Nick Herbert - 1995
Amazon: US UK
   Interstellar Travel : Past, Present, and Future
John W. MacVey
- 1991
Amazon: US
     The Starflight Handbook : A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel
Eugene F. Mallove - 1989
Amazon: US UK
  Faster Than Light: Superluminal Loopholes in Physics
Nick Herbert - 1995
Amazon: US UK

Space Sailing

How soon can be we sail between the planets? What kind of performance can a solar sail offer? What about other types of sails such as laser driven sails?

Related books: Launch & Return Technologies, Rockets & Other Propulsion Systems, Exotic Propulsion & Spaceflight Systems
HobbySpace: Launch & Propulsion Systems, Future
Solar Sailing
Space Sailing
D. M. Souza -1994 (Ages 9-12)
Amazon: US
Space Sailing
Jerome L. Wright - 1992
Amazon: US
Solar Sailing : Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications
Colin Robert McInnes - 1999
Amazon: US UK


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