NASA Spaceflight

A History of Innovation

  • Roger D. Launius
  • Howard E. McCurdy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Roger D. Launius, Howard E. McCurdy
    Pages 1-32
  3. John M. Logsdon
    Pages 185-214
  4. John M. Logsdon
    Pages 237-265
  5. Howard E. McCurdy
    Pages 291-319
  6. Roger D. Launius, Howard E. McCurdy
    Pages 379-395
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 397-402

About this book


This book presents the first comprehensive history of innovation at NASA, bringing together experts in the field to illuminate how public-private and international partnerships have fueled new ways of exploring space since the beginning of space travel itself. Twelve case studies trace the messy, risky history of such partnerships, exploring the role of AT&T in the early development of satellite technology, the connections between the Apollo program and Silicon Valley, the rise of SpaceX, and more. Some of these projects have succeeded, and some have failed; all have challenged conventional methods of doing the public’s business in space. Together, these essays offer new insights into how innovation happens, with invaluable lessons for policymakers, investors, economists, and members of the space community.


NASA and US politics economics of the space race innovation and space technology in the 20th century spaceflight and economic policy aeronautical and astronautical economics development of satellite technology history of the Apollo Guidance Computer NASA and the history of computing history of Landsat history of the Discovery Program management of the International Space Station civil space policy public-private partnerships in space policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Roger D. Launius
    • 1
  • Howard E. McCurdy
    • 2
  1. 1.AuburnUSA
  2. 2.American UniversityWashington, D.C.USA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60112-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60113-7
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