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Space Handbook 

by Robert W. Buchheim

Publisher: RAND Corporation 2007

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>Description of this Ebook

The Space Handbook, first published in 1958, was designed to serve as a basic guide on the uses and characteristics of space systems, including astronautics and its applications, technology in the space environment, rocket vehicles, propulsion systems, propellants, internal power sources, structures and materials, flight path and orientation control, guidance, communication, observation and tracking, and atmospheric flight. Written at the request of the Hon. John W. McCormack, chairman of the House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration, it was produced in only three weeks using RAND’s own funds in the public interest. Now, fifty years after its initial publication, and to celebrate RAND’s 60th Anniversary, RAND is proud to bring this classic work back into print in paperback and digital formats.


  • Part 1 - Introduction

  • Chapter One - Introduction

  • Chapter Two - Space Environment

  • Chapter Three - Trajectories and Orbits

  • Chapter Four - Rocket Vehicles

  • Chapter Five - Propulsion Systems

  • Chapter Six - Propellants

  • Chapter Seven - Internal Power Sources

  • Chapter Eight - Structures and Materials

  • Chapter Nine - Flight Path and Orientation Control

  • Chapter Ten - Guidance

  • Chapter Eleven - Communication

  • Chapter Twelve -Observation and Tracking

  • Chapter Thirteen - Atmospheric Flight

  • Chapter Fourteen - Landing and Recovery

  • Chapter Fifteen - Environment of Manned Systems

  • Chapter Sixteen - Space Stations and Extraterrestrial Bases

  • Chapter Seventeen - Nuclear Weapon Effects in Space

  • Chapter Eighteen - Cost Factors and Ground Facilities

  • Chapter Nineteen - Current Programs

  • Chapter Twenty - Specific Flight Possibilities

  • Chapter Twenty-One - Observation Satellites

  • Chapter Twenty-Two - Meteorological Satellites

  • Chapter Twenty-Three - Navigation Satellites

  • Chapter Twenty-Four - Satellites as Communication Relays

  • Chapter Twenty-Five - Balloon Satellites

  • Chapter Twenty-Six - Bombing from Satellites

  • Chapter Twenty-Seven - Scientific Space Exploration

  • Chapter Twenty-Eight - Astronautics in the U.S.S.R.

  • Chapter Twenty-Nine - Astronautics in Other Countries



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