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NASA Space Shuttle program (1972-2011): books

A book on the American NASA Space Shuttle program? Here are books on the history, development and technology of the space shuttles Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.

NASA Space Shuttle : 40th Anniversary

Officially known as the Space Transportation System (STS), the Space Shuttle program operated from 1981 to 2011. During that time, five Shuttle systems took part in 135 missions under the operation of NASA. This approach - namely reusable spacecraft - revolutionized space exploration.
"NASA Space Shuttle: 40th Anniversary" traces the STS's 30-year operational history. Essays by former NASA chief historian Roger Launius are accompanied by a collection of incredible Shuttle photography and imagery mined from the depths of NASA's archives by aerospace historian Piers Bizony - all of it presented in large-format color.

Readers will witness the pre-1981 evolution, the missions, astronauts, ground personnel and infrastructure, and amazing accomplishments of the Shuttle program and its spacecraft: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.
From the launch site at Cape Kennedy, Florida, to mission control in Houston, Texas, to the landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, all aspects of Shuttle operation are covered, including key roles in efforts such as the Hubble Telescope and International Space Station, as well as the tragedies of Challenger and Columbia disasters.

Every carefully chosen image in "NASA Space Shuttle: 40th Anniversary" tells an aspect of the Shuttle story. The resulting book is not only a unique view of a key chapter of NASA history - it's a compelling collection of stunning NASA photography and illustrations.

Author:Roger D. Launius, Piers Bizony
Specs:192 pages, 26.5 x 24.5 x 2.2 cm / 10.4 x 9.7 x 0.87 in, hardback
Illustrations:200 colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbooks International (USA, 2021)
Book: NASA Space Shuttle : 40th Anniversary

NASA Space Shuttle : 40th Anniversary

Language: English

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The Space Shuttle Program : Technologies and Accomplishments

This book tells the story of the Space Shuttle in its many different roles as orbital launch platform, orbital workshop, and science and technology laboratory.
It focuses on the technology designed and developed to support the missions of the Space Shuttle program. Each mission is examined, from both the technical and managerial viewpoints.

Although outwardly identical, the capabilities of the orbiters in the late years of the program were quite different from those in 1981.Sivolella traces the various improvements and modifications made to the shuttle over the years as part of each mission story.
Technically accurate but with a pleasing narrative style and simple explanations of complex engineering concepts, the book provides details of many lesser known concepts, some developed but never flown, and commemorates the ingenuity of NASA and its partners in making each Space Shuttle mission push the boundaries of what we can accomplish in space.

Using press kits, original papers, newspaper and magazine articles, memoirs and interviews, this book provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive account available of the shuttle's many missions and will refocus interest on a remarkable flying machine and space program that is often pushed to the background.

Author:Davide Sivolella
Specs:360 pages, 24 x 17 cm / 9 x 6.7 in, paperback
Illustrations:94 b&w and 59 colour photographs
Publisher:Springer International Publishing AG (CH, 2017)
Book: The Space Shuttle Program : Technologies and Accomplishments

The Space Shuttle Program : Technologies and Accomplishments

Language: English

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Assembling and Supplying the ISS : The Space Shuttle Fulfills Its Mission

The creation and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) is a milestone in space exploration. But without the Space Shuttle, it would have remained an impossible dream.
Assembling and Supplying the ISS is the story of how, between 1998 and 2011, the Shuttle became the platform which enabled the construction and continued operation of the primary scientific research facility in Earth orbit.

Fulfilling an objective it had been designed to complete decades before, 37 Shuttle missions carried the majority of the hardware needed to build the ISS and then acted as a ferry and supply train for early resident crews to the station.

Building upon the decades of development and experience described in the companion volume "Linking the Space Shuttle and Space Stations: Early Docking Technologies from Concept to Implementation", this book explores
- a purpose-built hardware processing facility
- challenging spacewalking objectives
- extensive robotic operations
- undocking a unmanned orbiter.

The experience and expertise gained through these missions allows space planners to improve space construction skills in advance of even more ambitious plans in the future.

Author:David J. Shayler
Specs:350 pages, 24 x 17 cm / 9 x 6.7 in, paperback
Illustrations:1 b&w and 140 colour photographs
Publisher:Springer International Publishing AG (CH, 2017)
Book: Assembling and Supplying the ISS : The Space Shuttle Fulfills Its Mission

Assembling and Supplying the ISS : The Space Shuttle Fulfills Its Mission

Language: English

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To Orbit and Back Again : How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space

This book looks at the Space Shuttle, and answers one simple question: "How does it work?" The question may be simple, but the answer is not as easy to give.

This work describes the structures and systems used each time the Shuttle was launched, and then follows an imaginary mission, explaining how those structures and systems were used in orbital operations and the return to Earth.
Details of how anomalous events were dealt with on individual missions are also provided, as are the recollections of those who built and flew the Shuttle.

Highly illustrated with many diagrams, photographs and technical drawings, To Orbit and Back Again focuses on the engineering aspects of the Shuttle. It describes the systems and subsystems in clear, non-technical terms brings to the fore the design work behind the Space Shuttle and the mission itself

Table of Contents:

Foreword
1. A brain and mind for the Orbiter: the avionics system
2. A skeleton for the Orbiter: structure and mechanisms
3. Power to the orbit: the main engines
4. Power to the orbit: solid rocket boosters
5. Shuttle propulsion: the external tank
6. Maneuvering in space: the orbital maneuvering system and reaction
7. Heart and lung of the Orbiter: the environmental control life supports system and electrical control system
8. The Orbiter's skin: the thermal protection system
9. Auxiliary power unit and hydraulic system
10. Fundamentals of the Shuttle GNC
11. The art of reaching orbit
12. Orbital dancing
13. Returning home

Author:Davide Sivolella
Specs:524 pages, 24 x 17 x 2.8 cm / 9 x 6.7 x 1.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:150 b&w and 95 colour photographs
Publisher:Springer-Verlag New York Inc. (USA, 2013)
Book: To Orbit and Back Again : How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space

To Orbit and Back Again : How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space

Language: English

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NASA Space Shuttle - Crew Escape Systems Handbook

Prepared for NASA by contractor United Space Alliance in 2005, this Space Shuttle Crew Escape System Handbook details the equipment, systems and procedures that would have been used in the event of an emergency during launch.

Designed for use by astronauts, instructors and ground personnel, the text describes and explains the crew-worn equipment and orbiter hardware, emergency escape modes, and crew duties and responses during egress.
It includes a discussion of the Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES), helmet, parachute and harness, and survival gear. It also details hatch opening procedures, the escape pole, slide system, Sky Genie, slidewire basket system, the Window 8 escape panel, special seat features, and more.
A short supplement also provides information about Shuttle Transoceanic Aboard Landing sites.

Richly illustrated with numerous diagrams and photos, this book provides fascinating insights into rarely discussed aspects of the Space Shuttle program and astronaut training.

Author:United Space Alliance
Specs:168 pages, 25.5 x 20.5 x 0.9 cm / 10 x 8.1 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2012)
Book: NASA Space Shuttle - Crew Escape Systems Handbook

NASA Space Shuttle - Crew Escape Systems Handbook

Language: English

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NASA Space Shuttle - Transportation System Manual

The Space Shuttle Transportation System Manual provides a highly detailed overview of the components that made up the Space Shuttle program. Created in 1984 for NASA by prime contractor Rockwell International, this book was intended as a highly readable, easy-to-understand reference for members of the press and corporate clients.
The 600+ page text features hundreds of technical diagrams and photographs, an overview of the Shuttle program, and detailed sections on spacecraft structures, spacecraft systems and payloads.
Spacecraft structures chapters include information about the orbiter,propulsion systems, external boosters, external tank and payload deployment. Spacecraft systems chapters include discussions of the thermal protection system, orbital maneuvering system, reaction control system, electrical power and life support systems, communications, avionics, landing gear and more. Additional chapters provide background concerning the development and testing of the shuttles, and payloads such as Spacelab, the Payload Assist Module and Space Telescope.
Despite the tragedies that resulted in the loss of two of the spacecraft, the Space Shuttle program was a highly successful one that facilitated the construction of the International Space Station, deployment and service of the Hubble Space Telescope, and produced many other significant milestones.

This book sheds light in particular into the first few years of the spacecraft's spectacular three decade service life (1981-2011) and lays out many goals for the STS,many of which were fulfilled and some which were not. A highly complete, detailed look inside the spacecraft, how it was designed, built and operated, this book remains one of the best Space Shuttle references available.

Author:NASA, Rockwell International
Specs:624 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 3.5 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 1.38 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2011)
Book: NASA Space Shuttle - Transportation System Manual

NASA Space Shuttle - Transportation System Manual

Language: English

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NASA Space Shuttle Manual (1981 onwards) - An insight into the design, construction and operation (Haynes Space Manual)

Designed between 1969 and 1972 and first flown into space in 1981, the NASA Shuttle has flown almost 140 missions by the time it was retired in 2010. David Baker describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction and operation.

Pages of the book NASA Space Shuttle Manual (1)

The Shuttle's internal layout and systems are explained, including the operation of life support, electrical power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing and avionics systems.

Author:David Baker
Specs:200 pages, 27.5 x 22 x 1.5 cm / 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.59 in, hardback
Illustrations:240 colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2011)
Series:Haynes Space Manual
Book: NASA Space Shuttle Manual (1981 onwards) - An insight into the design, construction and operation (Haynes Space Manual)

NASA Space Shuttle Manual (1981 onwards) - An insight into the design, construction and operation

Language: English

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Space Shuttle Launch System 1972–2004 (Osprey)

The Space Shuttle is one of the oldest and most famous manned launch systems - the only launch vehicle that has been used for a longer period of time is the Soviet (now Russian) R-7 booster.
By the start of the third millennium, the Space Shuttle had carried crews into space over 85 times. Although not a military structure, the Shuttle had been sold as an all-purpose launch system to be used jointly for military and civilian purposes. Featuring full-colour photos throughout, this book covers the design, development and operational history of a unique vehicle.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Operation History - Orbiter Vehicles - Colour plate commentary - Index.

Author:Mark Lardas
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.4 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2004)
Series:New Vanguard (99)
Book: Space Shuttle Launch System 1972–2004 (Osprey)

Space Shuttle Launch System 1972–2004

Language: English

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