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  1. Single Stage to Orbit: Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry (New Series in NASA History)
    Single Stage to Orbit: Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry (New Series in NASA History)
    Single Stage to Orbit: Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry (New Series in NASA History)
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  2. Single Stage to Orbit: Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry (New Series in NASA History)

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While the glories and tragedies of the space shuttle make headlines and move the nation, the story of the shuttle forms an inseparabe part of a lesser-known but no less important drama―the search for a reusable single-stage-to-orbit rocket. Here an award-winning student of space science, Andrew J. Butrica, examines the long and tangled history of this ambitious concept, from it first glimmerings in the 1920s, when technicians dismissed it as unfeasible, to its highly expensive heyday in the midst of the Cold War, when conservative-backed government programs struggled to produce an operational flight vehicle.

Butrica finds a blending of far-sighted engineering and heavy-handed politics. To the first and oldest idea―that of the reusable rocket-powered single-stage-to-orbit vehicle―planners who belonged to what President Eisenhower referred to as the military-industrial complex.added experimental ("X"), "aircraft-like" capabilties and, eventually, a "faster, cheaper, smaller" managerial approach. Single Stage to Orbit traces the interplay of technology, corporate interest, and politics, a combination that well served the conservative space agenda and ultimately triumphed―not in the realization of inexpensive, reliable space transport―but in a vision of space militarization and commercialization that would appear settled United States policy in the early twenty-first century.

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Country
USA
Author
Andrew J. Butrica
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Johns Hopkins University Press
EAN
9780801873386
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
080187338X
Label
Johns Hopkins University Press
Manufacturer
Johns Hopkins University Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
288
PublicationDate
2003-10-22
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Studio
Johns Hopkins University Press
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