Space Colonies, Nuclear Spacecraft and Other Possibilities
Michel van Pelt
Ever since the dawn of the Space Age, people have been dreaming of how to expand the boundaries of space. They had dreams of gigantic launch systems, nuclear-propelled interplanetary spacecraft, and the ultimate - space colonized by humans. Why did they not (yet) succeed in bringing their projects to reality?
takes the reader on a journey through the history of extremely large, ambitious, and complex space missions that never came to fruition. Each project described in this book says something about the visions and expectations of their time, and how their demise was often linked to important changes in the cutural, political and social state of the world.
Various ambitious mission and spacecraft concepts are presented, each covering:
Table of Contents
- Overview of its history and design;
- The philosophy behind the concept;
- Why it was never developed and flown; and, intriguingly
- Is there still a chance the mission will actually be carried out, with technology progressing, requirements and constraints changing, and alternative sources of funding becoming available?
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2. Giant launchers
3. Reusable launchers
4. Space stations and orbital colonies
5. Super satellites
6. Giant probes
7. Mars expeditions
8. To the stars
253 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
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