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cspg
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posted 06-14-2011 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To Orbit and Back Again: How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space
by Davide Sivolella
The Space Shuttle has been the dominant machine in the U.S. space program for thirty years and has generated a great deal of interest among space enthusiasts and engineers. This book enables readers to understand its technical systems in greater depth than they have been able to do so before.

The author describes the structures and systems of the Space Shuttle, and then follows a typical mission, explaining how the structures and systems were used in the launch, orbital operations and the return to Earth. Details of how anomalous events were dealt with on individual missions are also provided, as are the recollections of those who built and flew the Shuttle. Many photographs and technical drawings illustrate how the Space Shuttle functions, avoiding the use of complicated technical jargon.

The book is divided into two sections: Part 1 describes each subsystem in a technical style, supported by diagrams, technical drawings, and photographs to enable a better understanding of the concepts. Part 2 examines different flight phases, from liftoff to landing. Technical material has been obtained from NASA as well as from other forums and specialists.

Author Davide Sivolella is an aerospace engineer with a life-long interest in space and is ideally qualified to interpret technical manuals for a wider audience. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the topic including the evolution of given subsystems, reviewing the different configurations, and focusing on the solutions implemented.

  • Springer, November 28, 2012
  • Softcover, 500 p. 200 illus., 50 in color.
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-0982-3

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posted 06-14-2011 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds interesting.

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posted 06-14-2011 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Help! In the past four weeks I've received David Baker's Space Shuttle Manual, NASA's Wings in Orbit overview of the Shuttle plus two magazines dedicated to summarizing the shuttle, its systems and what it has contributed to the space program. At this point another history of the shuttle seems like overkill unless the author focuses on some esoteric or not-widely-known feature of this (admittedly magnificent) machine.

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posted 06-15-2011 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read the draft of this for Springer and recommended publication. It will be a great addition to the STS library. It focuses more on the technical asspects of the shuttle vice pure history.

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posted 08-03-2013 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any news regarding this title?

The ebook is available. As for the printed version, both Springer and Amazon.com give July 31, 2013 as a release date (although amazon email me that it would be late August) and Amazon.co.uk gives February 2014...

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posted 08-03-2013 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Help! In the past four weeks I've received David Baker's Space Shuttle Manual, NASA's Wings in Orbit overview of the Shuttle plus two magazines dedicated to summarizing the shuttle, its systems and what it has contributed to the space program.

Gary, if you don't mind, which two magazines are you referring to? Thanks!

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posted 08-03-2013 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where is the e-book of this available? Thanks.

I'm not sure what magazines I was referring to back then but think Smithsonian or National Geograhic had one as well as Air & Space magazine. By the way, much of that Air & Space magazine is available in a great app of the same name.

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posted 08-04-2013 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Where is the e-book of this available? Thanks.
Don't trust Google-translate...

Actually it says on Springer's website that the ebook will be available soon. Sorry for the misleading.

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posted 09-02-2013 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is available from Springer's website (not the e-book).

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posted 11-26-2013 05:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Review has a review (!) of the book here.

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posted 11-26-2013 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also a very good two-episode Omega Tau podcast interview with author Davide Sivolella, covering both systems and operations. Recommended.

Omega Tau also has a similar two-episode podcast interview with David Woods on his book "How Apollo Flew To The Moon", which you can find on the same website. Sivolella conceived his book as a Shuttle analogue to Woods' book on Apollo.

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