Heribert Kuczera and Peter W. Sacher

REUSABLE SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS There is growing awareness that for the space programme to develop there is a need for completely reusable space transportation systems that both take off and land from runways, like conventional aircraft. In particular, there is considerable interest in developing air-breathing engines which, apart from their greater economy and safety, should also contribute to reducing atmospheric pollution caused by launch vehicles.

Reusable Space Transportation Systems charts the development of the essential technologies needed for the design and construction of such transportation systems. This book

Table of Contents

Preface and rationale
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms

1. Introduction
2. Major effects in the U.K. (1984-1994)
3. ESA's Hermes program (1986-1995)
4. The German national technology program and the Sänger concept (1987-1995)
5. The ESA-initiated Future European Space Transportation Investigations Program (1994- 1998)
6. Major efforts in France focused on reusable space transportation systems
7. Conclusions (a personal "distant" view)


Extent: 280 pages, Full colour throughout
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-3-540-89180-2

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