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cspg
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posted 09-20-2013 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stratonauts: Pioneers Venturing into the Stratosphere
by Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried
Just what does it take to be a stratonaut, soaring to higher and higher altitudes of Earth's atmosphere?

Brave men and women have reached extreme heights in balloons, aircraft and rocket ships over the past two centuries, from the first untethered balloon flight to the first flights in the newly defined stratosphere, through to the present flights that continue to set new records.

This book defines the altitudes related to the stratosphere, how it changes with latitude and the effects on ascending aviators. Also described is how over time technology enabled aircraft and balloons to achieve higher altitudes.

The book shows the clear influence of the military on designs that initially focused on speed and maneuverability, but only later on reaching new altitudes. The early flights into the troposphere and eventually the mid to upper reaches of the stratosphere are chronicled, with great emphasis on flight operations. This includes decompression, bailouts, inertia coupling, ejections, catastrophic disintegration, ejection, crashes and deaths.

Although the book highlights major altitude attempts and records, it also focuses on the life-threatening problems confronting the would-be stratonaut and the causes of many of their deaths. In doing so, it tries to define just what it takes to be a stratonaut.

  • 2014, 200 p. 150 illus., 100 illus. in color.
  • Springer, Softcover
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02900-9
  • Due: May 27, 2014

hermit
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posted 09-20-2013 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The edited manuscript has just been sent for layout.

cspg
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posted 09-30-2013 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Amazon.co.uk link.

kr4mula
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posted 10-28-2013 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is that the same Dutch von Ehrenfried who was a flight controller?

ColinBurgess
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posted 10-28-2013 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it is. A few months back Dutch got in touch with me to ask for advice on how he could get his manuscript published, and I'm pleased to say it all worked out for him.

hermit
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posted 12-28-2013 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It has been printed, copies exist.

cspg
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posted 01-24-2014 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And if Amazon is the printer, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the pictures' quality. They're neat both black and white and color ones.

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