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Manned Spacecraft Design Principles


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This book provides a brief, step-by-step approach on how to develop a preliminary manned spacecraft design report, also covering topics not typically discussed in other books, including atmospheric entry dynamics, space launch dynamics, hypersonic field flows, hypersonic heat transfer and skin friction, along with the economic aspects of space flight.

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Preface Mission Specification 1.Earth's Atmosphere 2.Hypersonic Missions in the Lower Atmosphere 3.Atmospheric Entry Dynamics 4.Space Launch Dynamics 5.Hypersonic Flow Fields 6.Hypersonic Heat Transfer and Skin Friction 7.Spacecraft Configuration Design 8.Safety, Reliability, and Risk Assessment 9.Economic Aspects of Space Access Appendices

About the Author

Pasquale Sforza received his PhD from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1965. He has taught courses related to commercial airplane design at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and the University of Florida. His research interests include propulsion, gas dynamics, and air and space vehicle design. Dr. Sforza has also acted as Co-Editor of the Journal of Directed Energy and Book Review Editor for the AIAA Journal. His previous books include Theory of Aerospace Propulsion (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2011) and Commercial Airplane Design Principles, (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014)

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