Malcolm Macdonald and Viorel Badescu (Editors)

THE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF SPACE TECHNOLOGY This comprehensive handbook provides an overview of space technology and a holistic understanding of the system-of-systems that is 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:
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.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
    Malcolm Macdonald, Pat Norris and David B. Spencer
  2. A System-Level View of Space Projects
    Malcolm Macdonald
  3. Space Environments and Survivability
    Henry B.Garrett
  4. Introduction to Astrodynamics
    Malcolm Macdonald
  5. Introduction to Atmospheric Transit
    Richard Brown, Tom Scanlon and Jason Reese
  6. Payload Design and Sizing
    David Alexander and Neil Murphy
  7. Space System Engineering
    Vincent L. Pisacane
  8. Launch Systems
    Christophe Bonnel, Alessandro Ciucci, Michael H. Obersteiner and Oskar Haidn
  9. Structure, Mechanisms and Deployables
    Gerard Miglioreno and Torben K. Henriksen
  10. Electrical Power
    Mukund R. Patel
  11. Spacecraft Propulsion
    Claudio Bruno
  12. Attitude and Orbit Control Systems
    Bong Wie, Vaios Lappas and Jesús Gil-Fernández
  13. Thermal Systems
    José Meseguer, Isabel Pérez-Grande, Angel Sanz-Andrés and Gustavo Alonso
  14. Communications Systems
    Ali Atia and Huiwen Yao
  15. On-Board Data Systems
    Torbjörn Hult and Steve Parkes
  16. Flight Software
    Christopher Krupiarz, Annette Mirantes, Doug Reid, Adrian Hill and Roger Ward
  17. Habitation in Space
    Masamichi Yamashita and Raymond M. Wheeler
  18. Entry, Descent and Landing Systems
    Steve Lingard and John Underwood
  19. Space Robotics
    Kazuya Yoshida, Dragomir Nenchev, Genya Ishigami and Yuichi Tsumaki
  20. Ground Segment
    Richard Lowe, Dan Kent, Paul Coutinho and Kevin Halsall
  21. Technology Management
    Gregory L. Davis, Raphael R. Some and Andrew A. Shapiro
  22. Project Management: Relationship Between the Project Manager and the Technologist
    Robert J. Menrad and George W. Morrow
  23. Legal and Regulatory Issues
    Tanja Masson-Zwaan and Richard Crowther
  24. Advanced Concepts
    Les Johnson and Jack Mulqueen
  25. Mission and System Design
    Massimiliano Vasile, Stephen Kemble, Andrea Santovincenzo and Mark Taylor

Extent: 731 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2014
ISBN: 978-3-642-41100-7

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