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Spaceflight revolution

Author: David Ashford
Publisher: London : Imperial College Press ; River Edge, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific, ©2002.
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A revolution in spaceflight is likely soon with the prospect of everyday access to orbit within fifteen years. Costly launch vehicles based on ballistic missiles will be replaced by spaceplanes, using technology that exists today. In five years time, a prototype could be built, and with a further ten years of detailed development, the design could approach airliner maturity, reducing the cost of sending people into  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Ashford
ISBN: 1860943209 9781860943201 186094325X 9781860943256
OCLC Number: 51652565
Description: xx, 182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Past, present, predicted future. Spaceplane history --
Recent developments --
Way ahead --
pt. 2. Spaceplane potential. Spaceplane low-cost potential --
Orbital infrastructure --
The spaceplane spage age --
pt. 3. Timescale. Technical feasibility --
Safety --
Maturity --
Market --
Development cost --
Design logic --
Breaking the mould --
Benefits --
Conclusions --
Appendix 1. Comparison between Sänger and Boeing 747 --
Appendix 2. Propellant mass fraction estimates.
Responsibility: David Ashford.

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An examination of the issues surrounding the development of spaceflight. The book shows why space tourism will one day become the single largest business in space, and how astronomy will be  Read more...

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