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cspg
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posted 05-17-2008 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Secret Projects: Military Space Technology
by Bill Rose
This book outlines the development of space technology for military purposes from its very beginnings during World War II right up to the latest, most sophisticated systems. The author starts with references to the prewar era, then goes on to discuss German rocketry during World War II and their bold wartime ambitions, which were finally developed during the Cold War. By the mid-1950s, space was being visualized as the next big battlefield, and both the U.S. and Soviet Union had ambitions to expand their domains into the solar system. Many of these ideas were completely impractical, way beyond possible realization, extremely dangerous, and completely unaffordable. By the start of manned spaceflight, missions became politically motivated, although military projects continued in the background and this would eventually surface as the Star Wars proposals.

This is a serious, factual study about the many projects that have come to the drawing board since the very beginning of space technology development; from the early experiments by the Germans in World War II, through the X-plane era, 'Star Wars', and then to the advanced spaceplane projects such as NASP (National Aerospace Plane), Copper Coast, and the Aurora spaceplane, Soviet spaceplanes and long-range USAF hypersonic strike and orbital aircraft. Many photos are included to illustrate the detailed and comprehensive text.

About the Author

Bill Rose has worked for science journals, technical publications, and various national and provincial newspapers. His principle areas of interest are photography, space exploration, aviation, and astronomy. As an experienced amateur astronomer Bill has worked as a researcher for several UK-based TV production companies and currently runs a small photographic business.

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Midland Pub Ltd (September 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1857802969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857802962

gliderpilotuk
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posted 05-17-2008 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds interesting. I'd like to see what he says about the fabled "Aurora", which, even if it does/did exist, is/was unlikely to be a "spaceplane". So much "plausible deniability" surrounds projects like this and Blackstar that you wonder where an author can obtain any facts.

Paul

cspg
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posted 05-17-2008 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, that's why I hesitated posting this title. Maybe Dwayne Day can help us with his expertise on military space!

And this title as a more "serious" sales pitch than this one: Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion: Tesla, UFOs, and Classified Aerospace Technology by Paul A. LaViolette (ISBN-13: 978-1591430780).

Chris.

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