Leaving Orbit

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Author by Margaret Lazarus Dean
Genre : History
Editor : Graywolf Press
ISBN : 9781555973414
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 386
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Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it In the 1960s, humans took their first steps away from Earth, and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity and in the wake of high-profile disasters like Challenger, that dream has ended. In early 2011, Margaret Lazarus Dean traveled to Cape Canaveral for NASA's last three space shuttle launches in order to bear witness to the end of an era. With Dean as our guide to Florida's Space Coast and to the history of NASA, Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way, Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won't be going to space anymore?


Leaving Orbit

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Author by Margaret Lazarus Dean
Genre : History
Editor : Graywolf Press
ISBN : 155597709X
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 0
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Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it In the 1960s, humans took their first steps away from Earth, and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity and in the wake of high-profile disasters like Challenger, that dream has ended. In early 2011, Margaret Lazarus Dean traveled to Cape Canaveral for NASA's last three space shuttle launches in order to bear witness to the end of an era. With Dean as our guide to Florida's Space Coast and to the history of NASA, Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way, Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won't be going to space anymore?


Orbital Mechanics For Engineering Students

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Author by Howard D Curtis
Genre : Technology & Engineering
Editor : Elsevier
ISBN : 9780080887845
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 744
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Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Second Edition, provides an introduction to the basic concepts of space mechanics. These include vector kinematics in three dimensions; Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation; relative motion; the vector-based solution of the classical two-body problem; derivation of Kepler’s equations; orbits in three dimensions; preliminary orbit determination; and orbital maneuvers. The book also covers relative motion and the two-impulse rendezvous problem; interplanetary mission design using patched conics; rigid-body dynamics used to characterize the attitude of a space vehicle; satellite attitude dynamics; and the characteristics and design of multi-stage launch vehicles. Each chapter begins with an outline of key concepts and concludes with problems that are based on the material covered. This text is written for undergraduates who are studying orbital mechanics for the first time and have completed courses in physics, dynamics, and mathematics, including differential equations and applied linear algebra. Graduate students, researchers, and experienced practitioners will also find useful review materials in the book. NEW: Reorganized and improved discusions of coordinate systems, new discussion on perturbations and quarternions NEW: Increased coverage of attitude dynamics, including new Matlab algorithms and examples in chapter 10 New examples and homework problems


Tourists In Space

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Author by Erik Seedhouse
Genre : Technology & Engineering
Editor : Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN : 9780387746449
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 314
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Recent surveys have provided new and updated information into public insights of the nascent space tourism industry. This book uniquely explores in detail the cutting-edge technologies, spacecraft capabilities, launch vehicles and the training that will define this commercial enterprise. The book also provides a manual for future suborbital and orbital private space explorers. Over half of the book is dedicated to providing for the first time essential training material for private spaceflight participants. This book provides a much needed, well-rounded understanding of what promises to be the most dynamic and exciting industry in the world.


Orbital 2100

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Author by Paul Elliott
Genre : Games & Activities
Editor : Lulu.com
ISBN : 9781326792527
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 242
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Orbital 2100 is a science fiction setting for Cepheus Engine and other Classic 2D6 SF RPGs. It has realistic (TL 9) feel that is set within our own solar system. The Earth is locked in a Cold War with the people of Luna. Both face off, 400,000 km apart, threatening mutual annihilation whilst they compete to colonise the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Older colonies such as Mars and Mercury are independent and caught up in this struggle for solar system supremacy. Spacecraft use nuclear thermal rockets and create gravity by spinning pods or centrifuges, this is spaceflight as envisaged today! In keeping with the near-future and hard-science fiction themes, role-playing campaigns focus on real people doing real jobs. The game has rules, technology and advice to allow scenarios based around deep space haulage, asteroid mining, salvage, rescue and exploration. Colour cover, with B&W interior. Claim a free copy of the full colour PDF by contacting Zozer: https: //www.paulelliottbooks.com/contact.html


Sanctuary

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Author by John Vornholt
Genre : Fiction
Editor : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 9780743420129
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 288
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The planet Sanctuary -- A fabled world in unexplored space which is thought to be the last refuge of the persecuted, home to both the justly and unjustly accused. Though its name has been translated into every language in the galaxy, Starfleet has never known its exact location. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ is assigned to capture a dangerous criminal named Auk Rex, their pursuit takes them to an unexplored sector of space. Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy continue the pursuit in a shuttlecraft, following Auk Rex to the surface of the planet, Sanctuary. Soon, Kirk and his crew are locked in a life and death struggle on the mysteriouus planet, which harbors deadly secrets and never releases its visitors.


Empire Ascendant

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Author by Dietmar Arthur Wehr
Genre : Fiction
Editor : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
ISBN : 9781988998060
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 183
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The ten year old Tau Ceti Empire is at a critical junction. The power vacuum left over from the collapse of the Commonwealth has been filled by five multi-planet star nations, the TCE being one of them. If the other four join forces and attack the TCE, it will be overwhelmed and crushed. But the longer Empress Brandenburg waits, the bigger the difference in military strength becomes. She must make plans soon because the leaders of the other four are already making theirs. This conclusion to the Road To Empire series features political, military and personal intrigues that will keep you guessing to the very end. Who will ultimately stand astride a unified human star empire?


Human Kind

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Author by Duane Stockwell
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
Editor : Archway Publishing
ISBN : 9781665716208
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 432
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John Locke is a homeless veteran. A former Navy SEAL, John has many problems, but they're about to get a lot worse. When a lady in an SUV offers him a job, he has no idea of the world she is opening up for him. Such a truly large world.


The Thousand Deaths Of Ardor Benn

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Author by Tyler Whitesides
Genre : Fiction
Editor : Orbit
ISBN : 9780316520225
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 784
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"Mission Impossible, but with magic, dragons, and a series of heists that go from stealing a crown to saving the world" (David Dalglish). Master con artist Ardor Benn and his crew of intrepid thieves are hired to pull off a series of wildly complex heists, from stealing a crown to saving the world, in this daring fantasy adventure. Liar. Thief. Legend. Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire. When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he'll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known. But it soon becomes clear there's more at stake than fame and glory -- Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization. Discover the start of an epic fantasy trilogy that begins with a heist and quickly explodes into a full-tilt, last ditch plan to save humanity.


Ai Athena

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Author by Mark J. Curtis
Genre : Fiction
Editor : Archway Publishing
ISBN : 9781480874145
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 186
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After a couple days working on the drive, the AI and I got it back online but couldn’t find out why we had jumped to where we were. It didn’t matter anyway; the drive would be useless until we could see the stars. I was just sitting there staring at the monitor when I noticed a red bracket at the center of the screen flashing. The scanners were locking onto something, but I couldn’t tell what... An artificial intelligence named Athena is placed into an experimental ship with a middle-aged scientist at the helm. The captain has developed a special jump engine with the ability to fold space. After a few travel attempts, the captain and Athena end up inside a nebula in another part of the galaxy and discover the outer barrier of the nebula is deadly and disrupts energy patterns. They aren’t alone inside this dangerous nebula, however. Thousands of ships from other civilizations are similarly trapped. With the help of Athena, the captain makes contact and fear gives way to curiosity and camaraderie. Athena soon grows so advanced, it’s hard to tell if she is real or artificial. She and the captain must now devise a way to escape the nebula, and through this journey, Athena finds life and the captain finds immortality.