Space Flight; Satellites, Spaceships, Space Stations, and Space Travel Explained

New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1958. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xvi, [2], 373, [1] pages. Footnotes. Illustrations. Tables. Bibliography. Index. Foreword by Dr. Wernher von Braun. DJ edges worn and small chips missing, DJ in plastic sleeve. The author was the President, National Research and Development Corporation. Ronald Wakeford for the Director of the Astronautics Division of that company. Dr. Ordway was Director, Ordnance Projects for General Astronautics Corporation. Dr. Canney was founder and Chairman of the Board of General Astronautics Corporation. Dr. Wernher von Braun wrote the Foreword for this volume. Frederick Ira Ordway III (April 4, 1927 – July 1, 2014) was an American space scientist and author of visionary books on spaceflight. Ordway was educated at Harvard University and completed several years of graduate study at the University of Paris. He owned a large collection of paintings depicting astronautical themes. He was a member of leading professional societies and was the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books and over three hundred articles. At the time of his death he was the longest-serving member of the American Rocket Society (joined in 1939). Ordway was a member of the faculty at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) from 1970 to 1973, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by UAH in 1992. Spaceflight (also written space flight) is ballistic flight into or through outer space. Spaceflight can occur with spacecraft with or without humans on board. Examples of human spaceflight include the U.S. Apollo Moon landing and Space Shuttle programs and the Russian Soyuz program, as well as the ongoing International Space Station. Examples of unmanned spaceflight include space probes that leave Earth orbit, as well as satellites in orbit around Earth, such as communications satellites. These operate either by telerobotic control or are fully autonomous. Spaceflight is used in space exploration, and also in commercial activities like space tourism and satellite telecommunications. Additional non-commercial uses of spaceflight include space observatories, reconnaissance satellites and other Earth observation satellites. A spaceflight typically begins with a rocket launch, which provides the initial thrust to overcome the force of gravity and propels the spacecraft from the surface of the Earth. Once in space, the motion of a spacecraft—both when unpropelled and when under propulsion—is covered by the area of study called astrodynamics. Some spacecraft remain in space indefinitely, some disintegrate during atmospheric reentry, and others reach a planetary or lunar surface for landing or impact. Condition: Very good / Fair.

Keywords: Space, Space Travel, Spaceships, Satellites, Space Stations, Rockets, Wernher von Braun, Astrophysics, Astronautics, Rocket-engine, Liquid Propellant, Orbiter, Vanguard, Sputnik, Spacecraft, Human Factors, Space Medicine, Transponders, Interstellar

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