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The International Handbook of Space Technology

  • Describes in detail all aspects of space technology – Earth-centred and beyond

  • Covers the complete spacecraft mission life cycle, from inception to decommission

  • Features the very latest developments in every area of this very broad subject

  • Gives an interdisciplinary presentation of space technology

  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of all space technology

  • Includes self-contained chapters on specific important fields

  • Equally valuable to employees and potential employees within the space industry

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Springer Praxis Books (PRAXIS)

Part of the book sub series: Astronautical Engineering (ASTROENG)

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Malcolm Macdonald, Pat Norris, David B. Spencer
    Pages 1-24
  3. A System-Level View of Space Projects

    • Malcolm Macdonald
    Pages 25-36
  4. Space Environments and Survivability

    • Henry B. Garrett
    Pages 37-59
  5. Introduction to Astrodynamics

    • Malcolm Macdonald
    Pages 61-98
  6. Introduction to Atmospheric Transit

    • Richard Brown, Tom Scanlon, Jason Reese
    Pages 99-115
  7. Payload Design and Sizing

    • David Alexander, Neil Murphy
    Pages 117-142
  8. Space Systems Engineering

    • Vincent L. Pisacane
    Pages 143-163
  9. Launch Systems

    • Christophe Bonnal, Alessandro Ciucci, Michael H. Obersteiner, Oskar Haidn
    Pages 165-195
  10. Structure, Mechanisms and Deployables

    • Gerard Miglioreno, Torben K. Henriksen
    Pages 197-247
  11. Electrical Power

    • Mukund R. Patel
    Pages 249-277
  12. Spacecraft Propulsion

    • Claudio Bruno
    Pages 279-321
  13. Attitude and Orbit Control Systems

    • Bong Wie, Vaios Lappas, Jesús Gil-Fernández
    Pages 323-369
  14. Thermal Systems

    • José Meseguer, Isabel Pérez-Grande, Angel Sanz-Andrés, Gustavo Alonso
    Pages 371-395
  15. Communications Systems

    • Ali Atia, Huiwen Yao
    Pages 397-440
  16. On-Board Data Systems

    • Torbjörn Hult, Steve Parkes
    Pages 441-470
  17. Flight Software

    • Christopher Krupiarz, Annette Mirantes, Doug Reid, Adrian Hill, Roger Ward
    Pages 471-491
  18. Habitation in Space

    • Masamichi Yamashita, Raymond M. Wheeler
    Pages 493-514
  19. Entry, Descent and Landing Systems

    • Steve Lingard, John Underwood
    Pages 515-539
  20. Space Robotics

    • Kazuya Yoshida, Dragomir Nenchev, Genya Ishigami, Yuichi Tsumaki
    Pages 541-573

About this book

This comprehensive handbook provides an overview of space technology and a holistic understanding of the system-of-systems that is a modern spacecraft.

With a foreword by Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, and contributions from globally leading agency experts from NASA, ESA, JAXA, and CNES, as well as European and North American academics and industrialists, this handbook, as well as giving an interdisciplinary overview, offers, through individual self-contained chapters, more detailed understanding of specific fields, ranging through:

·         Launch systems, structures, power, thermal, communications, propulsion, and software, to

·         entry, descent and landing, ground segment, robotics, and data systems, to

·         technology management, legal and regulatory issues, and project management.

This handbook is an equally invaluable asset to those on a career path towards the space industry as it is to those already within the industry.

Keywords

  • Space mission
  • Space systems design
  • Space technology
  • mission control
  • mission operations
  • space exploration
  • spacecraft guidance
  • spacecraft navigation
  • spacecraft technology
  • quality control, reliability, safety and risk

Editors and Affiliations

  • Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Malcolm Macdonald

  • Polytechnic University Bucuresti Candida Oancea Inst., Bucuresti, Romania

    Viorel Badescu

About the editors

Malcolm Macdonald is Associate Director of the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He studied for his PhD at the University of Glasgow from 2000–2002, prior to gaining a research assistant post until December 2004. From 2005–2008 he worked at SciSys UK Ltd. on a range of European Space Agency projects and missions, including ADM-Aeolus and LISA-Pathfinder, progressing to become a senior member of technical staff.

 

Malcolm has diverse research interests, with activities spanning space and aerospace technology, including mission and system design, astrodynamics, and swarm and disaggregated system engineering. He also has interests in technology foresight, horizon scanning and roadmapping, and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Viorel Badescu is affiliated with the Candida Oancea Institute and a Professor in the Department of Engineering Thermodynamics at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. His mainstream scientific contributions consist of about 250 papers and several books related to statistical physics, thermodynamics, the physics of semiconductors, the various aspects of terrestrial and space solar energy applications and other energy-related issues. Also, he has theorized on present-day Mars meteorology and Mars terraforming and on several macro-engineering projects. He has received four awards, including the Romanian Academy Prize for Physics in 1979. He is member of the Romanian Academy

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 469.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-41101-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 599.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 599.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)