A commanding encyclopedia of the history and principles of spaceflight-from earliest conceptions to faster-than-light galaxy-hopping Here is the first truly comprehensive guide to space exploration and propulsion, from the first musings of the Greeks to current scientific speculation about interstellar travel using qwarp drivesq and wormholes. Space buffs will delight in its in-depth coverage of all key manned and unmanned missions and space vehicles-past, present, and projected-and its clear explanations of the technologies involved. Over the course of more than 2, 000 extensively cross-referenced entries, astronomer David Darling also provides fascinating insights into the cultural development of spaceflight. In vivid accounts of the major characters and historical events involved, he provides fascinating tales of early innovators, the cross-pollination that has long existed between science fiction and science fact, and the sometimes obscure links between geopolitics, warfare, and advances in rocketry.The LE-7 first-stage main engine overcame numerous developmental difficulties, while the LE-5A engine used by the second ... version ofthe H-2 currently in service; the first H-2A was launched successfully from Tanegashima on August 29, 2001, although a test satellite failed to separate. A similar problem marred the second test flight on February 3, 2002. ... H-1 (American rocket engine) A liquid- propellant rocket engine, eight of which were used on the first stage ofthe Saturn I and IBanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Complete Book of Spaceflight|
|Publisher||:||John Wiley & Sons - 2003-06-03|