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SpaceX : making commercial spaceflight a reality / by Erik Seedhouse.

By: Seedhouse, Erik [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration: Publisher: New York ; Chichester : Springer published in association with Praxis Publishing, c2013Description: xvi, 206 pages : illustrations (some col.), facsims., ports. ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781461455134; 1461455138.Subject(s): SpaceX (Firm) | Space launch industry | Launch vehicles (Astronautics) | Space flightOnline resources: Table of contents only
Elon Musk : the space industry's Tony Stark -- The engine of competition -- The engines : the workhorses of commercial spaceffight -- Rise of the Falcon -- Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy : life after the Space Shuttle -- The Dragon has landed : picking up where NASA left off -- The space taxi race -- Red Dragon -- The next great adventure : the route to commercializing low Earth orbit -- Appendixes.
Summary: "2012 - the year when the first ever privately-developed spacecraft visited the International Space Station. This is the story of how one company is transforming commercial space flight. It describes the extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement that have resulted in the world's first fully reusable launch vehicles and the prospect of human travel to Mars. SpaceX - The First Ten Years: - explores the philosophy behind the success of SpaceX; - explains the practical management that enables SpaceX to keep it simple, reliable, and affordable; - details the developmentof the Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets and the technology of the Merlin engines; - describes the collaboration with NASA; - introduces current SpaceX projects, including the Grasshopper reusable launch vehicle and the Stratolaunch System. SpaceX - The First Ten Years is a portrait of one of the most spectacular spaceflight triumphs of the 21st century, one that is laying the foundation for humanity to become a spacefaring civilization"--Back cover.
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Science & Technology Studies Collection 629.784 SEEDHOUSE (Browse shelf) Available 2402524947

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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