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cspg
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posted 12-14-2011 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rocketing Into the Future: The History and Technology of Rocket Planes
by Michel van Pelt
This book describes the technology, history, and future of rocket planes. Michel van Pelt journeys into this exciting world, examining the exotic concepts and actual flying vehicles that have been devised over the last hundred years. He recounts the history of rocket airplanes, from the early pioneers who attached simple rockets onto their wooden glider airplanes to the modern world of high-tech research vehicles.

The author visits museums where rare examples of early rocket planes are kept and modern laboratories where future spaceplanes are being developed. He explains the technology in an easily understandable way, describing the various types of rocket airplanes and looking at the possibilities for the future.

Michel van Pelt considers future spaceplanes, presenting various modern concepts and developments. He describes the development from cutting edge research via demonstrator vehicles to operational use. He also evaluates the replacement of the Space Shuttle with a seemingly old-fashioned capsule system, the parallel developments in suborbital spaceplanes such as SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo, piloted versus automatic flight, and related developments in airliners and military aircraft.

  • Springer, Softcover, April 28, 2012
  • 420 p. 172 illus., 10 in color
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-3199-2

hermit
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posted 12-14-2011 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the manuscript in my sweaty palms for editing right now. It is a really good story.

cspg
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posted 02-05-2012 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And nice cover for this book!

GoesTo11
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posted 02-05-2012 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seriously, they put the X-2 on the cover? Not sure that would have been my first choice...

Cozmosis22
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posted 02-06-2012 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps the publishers chose that belly-flopper photo to portray the early days of x-planes versus the sleek black cgi thing up above it?

Jay Chladek
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posted 02-06-2012 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
Seriously, they put the X-2 on the cover? Not sure that would have been my first choice...

Why? It is a rocket plane afterall and a little more obscure a subject than the X-15, but it was as high performance as things got before the X-15 came out. The X-2 was no less important a vehicle than those aircraft that came before (i.e. the X-1) and those that came after.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-06-2012 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cozmosis22:
...the sleek black cgi thing up above it?
That would be Reaction Engine's Skylon spaceplane.

hermit
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posted 03-30-2012 03:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This book has been laid out and sent to Springer for printing, so should be released in the summer.

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