Space Shuttle The History of the National Space Transportation System - The First 100 Missions

ISBN-10: 0963397451

ISBN-13: 9780963397454

Edition: 3rd 2001

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List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/22/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 524
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.730
Language: English

Dennis R. Jenkins is a consulting engineer in Cape Canaveral, Florida, working on various aerospace projects including 20 years on the Space Shuttle program and several on the stillborn X-33 program. Jenkins has recently completed the official history of the X-15 program for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, due to be published in 2004. He is also the author of Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System - The First 100 Missions, in addition to over 30 other works on aerospace history.

The Beginnings
Sanger and Bredt
Early Experiments
Von Braun's Dream
The First X-Planes
Round Two
Onward to Mach 10 (or not)
Dynamic Soaring
BoMi, RoBo, and Brass Bell
The Final RoBo Configurations
Passengers in Space
The Sleek and Winged Spacecraft Called Dyna-Soar
Phase Alpha
Dyna-Soar Description
But Why?
Cancelled Now, Forever More
Wingless Flight
Of Blunt Shapes and Lifting-Bodies
Precision Recovery
Manned Lifting-Bodies
Air Force Efforts
HYFAC, NHFRF, and Other Dreams
Concept Exploration
American Indian
Convair Spaceplane
Enter the Scramjet
Recoverable Orbital Launch System
Manned Reconnaissance Vehicle
Other Early Efforts
Reusable Aerospace Passenger Transport
Air Force Reusable Launch Vehicles
AFFDL and Stage-and-a-Half
The Little Guys
Grand Ambition
Let the Games Begin
Choosing a Configuration - Phase A
The STG and SSTG
Main Engine Phase A
McDonnell Douglas (NAS9-9204)
North American Rockwell (NAS9-9205)
Lockheed (NAS9-9206)
General Dynamics / Convair (NAS9-9207)
Martin Marietta (No NASA Contract Issued)
Political Considerations
DoD Requirements
Dissension Within NASA - the MSC DC-3
Phase a Conclusions
Refining the Configuration - Phase B
Main Engine Phase B
McDonnell Douglas / Martin Marietta (NAS9-10959)
North American Rockwell (NAS9-10960)
Alternate Concepts
Chrysler (NAS8-26341)
Lockheed (NAS8-26362)
Grumman / Boeing (NAS9-11160)
Another Revision
Lower Expectations
The Rules of the Game Change
Gaining Ground
Phase B Prime
But No DoD Money
Phased Development
Solid Rocket Development
Choosing a Launch Site
Safety in Earth Orbit
A Hot Issue
Phase B Double Prime
Another Idea
Getting Closer
Finally, A Decision
The Final Configuration
Orbiter Phase C/D
Grumman / Boeing
McDonnell Douglas
North American Rockwell
Orbiter Contract Award
Main Engine Phase C/D and Award
SRB Phase C/D and Award
ET Phase C/D and Award
Evolutionary Changes
Getting Ready
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
It's a Bird; It's a Plane
Structural Dynamics
Space, The Final Frontier
The Test Vehicle - Enterprise
Other Testing
SSME Qualification
SRB Qualification
ET Qualification
Advanced Vehicle Automation
An Important Mission - Rescue Skylab
Department of Defense Support
Those Pesky Tiles
In Production at Last
Upper Stages
Fifth Orbiter Debate
The Final Push
What's in a Name?
Orbiter Names
Broken in Mid-Stride
Flight Profile
Orbital Mechanics
Final Preparations
The First Twenty-Five Flights
The Accident
The Analysis
The Findings
The Recommendations
SRB Requalification
Rethinking Aborts and Escapes
What was Launched Before 51-L
Government Payloads
Commercial Consequences of the Accident
Return to Flight
A Long 32 Months
The Second Twenty-Five Flights
Grounded, Again
The Third Twenty-Five Flights
The Fourth Twenty-Five Flights
Grounded, Yet Again
Independent Assessment
Preparing to Fly
Post-Challenger Missions
DoD Missions
Mission Data Tables
Technical Description
The Players
Space Shuttle Coordinate System
Location Codes
Forward Fuselage
Crew Module
Flight Deck
Multifunction CRT Display System
Dedicated Displays
Multifunction Electronic Display System
Closed-Circuit TV System and Cameras
Orbiter Docking System
Payload Bay Doors
Payload Deployment and Retrieval System
Purge, Vent, and Drain System
Body Flap
Vertical Stabilizer
Orbital Maneuvering System
Reaction Control System
Electrical Power
Environmental Control and Life Support
Thermal Protection System
Data Processing System
Landing Gear
Drag Chute
Main Propulsion System
Space Shuttle Main Engines
Disconnect Valves
Power Heads
Hot Gas Manifold and Combustion Chamber
MPS Propellant Management Subsystem
Pogo Suppression Subsystem
Main Engine Controllers
Thrust Vector Control
Engine Start and Ascent
SSME Enhancements
High-Pressure Turbopumps
Two-Duct Powerhead and Heat Exchanger
Large Throat Main Combustion Chamber
Block I
Block IIA
Block II
External Tank
Liquid Oxygen Tank
Liquid Hydrogen Tank
ET Thermal Protection System
Light-Weight Tank
Composite Nose Cone
Super Light-Weight Tank
Solid Rocket Boosters
Electrical and Hydraulic Systems
SRB Separation and Recovery
Filament-Wound Cases
Range Safety System
Orbiter Maintenance and Refurbishment
Columbia OV-102 Micro-Modification
Columbia (OV-102) Spacelab Only (SLO)
Columbia (OV-102) Flight 6 Modifications
Columbia (OV-102) Flight 11 EDO Modification
Discovery (OV-103) Flight 14 Modifications (OMDP-1)
Atlantis (OV-104) Flight 12 OMDP-1
Columbia (OV-102) Flight 17 OMDP-1
Discovery (OV-103) Flight 21 OMDP-2
Endeavour (OV-105) Flight 11 OMDP-1
Atlantis (OV-104) Flight 20 OMDP-2
Columbia (OV-102) Flight 26 OMDP-2
Orbiter Weight Statement
To Continue Safely
Shuttle Upgrade Program
Safety Upgrades
Supportability Upgrades
Other Possible Upgrades
Five Segment Booster
Liquid Fly-Back Boosters
Improving the Breed
Sigma Corporation EDIN05
Shuttle-Derived Vehicles (SDV)
Boeing (NAS9-14710 and NAS8-23395)
Martin Marietta (NAS8-34183)
Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM)
Liquid Rocket Booster
General Dynamics (NAS8-37137)
Martin Marietta (NAS8-37136)
Sudden Ranch
Rancho de la Concepcion
Manned Orbiting Laboratory
Enter Shuttle
The Problems
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Citations and Notes
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