To Orbit and Back Again

How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space


ISBN: 978-1-4614-0982-3 (Print) 978-1-4614-0983-0 (Online)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-34

    A brain and mind for the Orbiter: the avionics system

  3. Chapter

    Pages 35-80

    A skeleton for the Orbiter: structure and mechanisms

  4. Chapter

    Pages 81-124

    Power to orbit: the main engines

  5. Chapter

    Pages 125-156

    Power to orbit: solid rocket booster

  6. Chapter

    Pages 157-178

    Shuttle propulsion: the external tank

  7. Chapter

    Pages 179-206

    Maneuvering in space: the orbital maneuvering system and reaction control system

  8. Chapter

    Pages 207-236

    Heart and lung of the Orbiter: the environmental control life support system and electrical control system

  9. Chapter

    Pages 237-290

    The Orbiter’s skin: the thermal protection system

  10. Chapter

    Pages 291-298

    Auxiliary power unit and hydraulic system

  11. Chapter

    Pages 299-338

    Fundamentals of the Shuttle GNC

  12. Chapter

    Pages 339-388

    The art of reaching orbit

  13. Chapter

    Pages 389-446

    Orbital dancing

  14. Chapter

    Pages 447-494

    Returning home

  15. Back Matter

    Pages 495-503