About this book
A fascinating insight into the NASA shuttle which will have flown 140 missions by the time of it's retirement in late 2010. Designed between 1969-1972, and first flown into space in 1981, the reusable vehicle is an engineering masterpiece; Baker looks at its construction, operation and internal layout, as well as explaining the systems, including the life support, electrical power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing and avionics, complete with 240 colour illustrations and photos.
Describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction and operation.
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