The Development of Propulsion Technology for U.S. Space-Launch Vehicles, 1926-1991.

Author:Hallion, Richard P.
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The Development of Propulsion Technology for U.S. Space-Launch Vehicles, 1926-1991. By J. D. Hunley. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2013. Photographs. Drawings. Notes. Index. Pp. 383. $34.95 paperback ISBN: 978-1-60344-987-6

This is the second printing of an earlier 2007 work that is now rightly considered an aerospace classic. It is Number 17 in The Centennial of Flight Series whose general editor is Roger D. Launius. An historian of wide-ranging experience and expertise, Hunley has written an erudite, authoritative reference work--one that captures the essential history of American large rocket development while avoiding the pitfalls of producing a narrowly focused specialist work of value only to practitioners.

The book is based on Hunley's wide range of contractor, government, and private research materials as well as on a wide spectrum of published works. The result of his research is a book that ranges across the history of American rocket development from the time of Robert Goddard's first tentative experiment on March 16, 1926 (the "Kitty Hawk" of liquid fuel rocketry) through the development of engines for the launch vehicles that took Americans into orbit, to the Moon and back, and launched deep space probes into...

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