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garymilgrom
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posted 01-12-2013 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have published a short eBook on the Space Shuttle's thermal protection systems in Apple's iTunes store. It's for iPad only (no iPhone yet) and is FREE. Easy to find by searching for Space Shuttle.

The book uses photos courtesy noted cS photographers James Brown and Robert Pearlman plus scans by Ed Hengeveld. Some of the technical text is taken from NASA's book Wings in Orbit (used by permission). My goal was to distribute the work of that great book to a wider audience, specifically high school age kids.

Here's the cover. Author's name in blue denotes Version 2. If you somehow get Version 1 (white name) let me know.

TPS 200 V2 Cover 400px

Here's a screen grab on the Tile Densification section.

Densification 400px

I already have ideas for Version 3 - please download and let me know your comments.

A PDF version is available that plays on all formats and devices but for some reason it came out at 75 MB. If you want that send me a private note. Thank you.

jjknap
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posted 01-12-2013 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The photographs are amazing!

Gilbert
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posted 01-12-2013 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great work Gary.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-13-2013 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, excellent work Gary. I was happy to contribute a photograph and really admire the design and layout of the book. Very clean.

I've added it to my reference material and have no reservations recommending others do the same!

Steven Kaplan
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posted 01-13-2013 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steven Kaplan   Click Here to Email Steven Kaplan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Gary. Well done and enjoyable to read.

space4u
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posted 01-14-2013 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent job Gary. I do have one question though. Why does your ebook only work in the horizontal mode on the iPad and not in the vertical one as well?

garymilgrom
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posted 01-14-2013 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your note. I could not figure out how to make the book automatically reformat for the vertical position so locked the book into horizontal or landscape format. Before doing this, turning the tablet vertical made all the formatting go crazy.

garymilgrom
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posted 02-01-2013 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A review has popped up on iTunes from a person well known to these forums.

If you have any interest in the details of the Space Shuttle heat shield ... and
there are MANY parts to it ... you will find this book very enlightening! Few of the public are aware of the complexities of this system. To get what was basically an aluminum machine through a 3000 degree F reentry required some revolutionary technology. You can read about it here. Great reference material!

Mike Mullane, NASA Astronaut (Ret.)

space4u
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posted 02-04-2013 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the horizontal formatting explanation Gary. Great to hear the thumbs up review from Mike Mullane--awesome!

garymilgrom
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posted 04-22-2013 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Version 3 of this book has now been released. The book has been doubled in size and includes more examples of artifact collections, flown tiles and thermal blankets, an instrument used in tile installation, additional postal cachets and future uses of TPS technology.

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