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cspg
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posted 06-21-2011 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo Spacecraft: Evolution, Engineering, and Flight Operations
by Frank O'Brien
'The Apollo Spacecraft: Evolution, Engineering, and Flight Operations' is the definitive description of the spacecraft and the technologies used for the journey to the Moon.

The spacecraft that eventually landed on the Moon did not spring fully formed because of Kennedy's May 1961 challenge. 'The Apollo Spacecraft' begins by tracing its origins from 1959 when contract bids were already being prepared for a lunar spacecraft.

Caught unprepared for a full lunar landing mission, von Braun and other NASA engineers recognized that the spacecraft already under development could never be reconciled with the mission architectures under consideration. Changing the mission architecture and introducing a new spacecraft, the Lunar Module, threw the development of the Apollo CSM into a lurch by requiring significant modifications to the vehicle.

The resulting spacecraft, while pushing the limits of the possible, became a complex set of compromises.

By tracking the spacecraft's development with its numerous fits and false starts, 'Apollo Spacecrafts' describes how the final mission design and flight operations reflected these early engineering decisions.

  • Springer, 1st Edition., 2015
  • Softcover, 320 p. 125 illus.
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-1015-7
I don't know why Springer announces titles which are due in three and half years... and I'm not sure it's relevant to post such title.

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posted 06-21-2011 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They probably start to recognize the magic of the old communist countries five year plans.

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posted 06-22-2011 03:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
I don't know why Springer announces titles which are due in three and half years...

It is to give you time to save up to buy the thing.

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posted 06-22-2011 06:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if this is really an announcement that the contracts have been signed to write the book. If so, the writer would be well advised to look at How Apollo Flew to The Moon by David Woods. If this book about the spacecraft can be as full of technical details but also as easily read they will have a best seller on their hands. CSPG, your posts about new books are valuable and often lead to purchases on my part. I hope you post again nearer the release date or when Amazon starts taking pre-orders. Thanks.

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posted 06-22-2011 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by garymilgrom:
I hope you post again nearer the release date or when Amazon starts taking pre-orders. Thanks.

In this particular case I didn't rely on Amazon (only Amazon.co.uk lists titles that are to be released at such future dates- and even not that far!) but Springer.

I hesitated posting it but it's also a way for me to keep track of what is to come. In 2014 a search for space-related books is unlikely to result in this publication to top the search...that's why I find it odd that it's even mentioned on Springer's web site.

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posted 04-05-2013 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No longer listed on Springer's website...

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posted 04-05-2013 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Frank is behind schedule and in the absence of a reasonable estimate of the date Springer simply isn't saying.

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posted 01-03-2014 03:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This book is back on Springer's website with a release date of Nov. 29, 2014.

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posted 01-30-2014 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.co.uk link.

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posted 02-05-2014 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Amazon.com link (although you cannot pre-order it just yet) has been added above.

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