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The secret of Apollo : systems management in American and European space programs

Author: Stephen B Johnson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Series: New series in NASA history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does one go about organizing something as complicated as a strategic-missile or space-exploration program? Stephen B. Johnson here explores the answer -- systems management -- in a groundbreaking study that involves Air Force planners, scientists, technical specialists, and, eventually, bureaucrats. Taking a comparative approach, Johnson focuses on the theory, or intellectual history, of "systems engineering" as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Johnson, Stephen B., 1959-
Secret of Apollo.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001005688
(OCoLC)48003131
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen B Johnson
ISBN: 0801876184 9780801876189 9780801868986 080186898X 9780801885426 0801885426
OCLC Number: 51504397
Awards: Winner of American Astronautical Society Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award 2004 (United States)
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 290 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: management and the control of research and development --
Social and technical issues of spaceflight --
Creating concurrency --
From concurrency to systems management --
JPL's journey from missiles to space --
Organizing the manned space program --
Organizing ELDO for failure --
ESRO's American bridge across the management gap --
Coordination and control of high-tech research and development.
Series Title: New series in NASA history.
Responsibility: Stephen B. Johnson.

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To begin to understand this apparent contradiction in terms, we must first understand the exacting nature of space technologies and the concerns of those who create them."  Read more...

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