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Mike's Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry (published by AIAA in 2004) received the Luigi Napolitano Award from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2006. 

 

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Published in 2007  –  From Astronautics to Cosmonautics, 2007


 The Road to Space. The First Thousand Years.  (1 hr 10 min) Fifty years ago in October of 1957, the first artificial satellite of the Earth was launched into space.
The lecture focuses on the history of the events that led us to the space age.

Space: From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight   Part 1 (87 min);   Part 2 (84 min)

Instructional video clips  –  Space Mission design and Spacecraft Design



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    Spacecraft Design
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B. N. Agrawal, Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft, Prentice Hall, 1986

  AIAA Aerospace Design Engineers Guide, AIAA, 1993
    B.P. Blasingame, Astronautics, McGraw Hill, 1964
  B.A. Campbell and S.W. McCandless Jr., Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications, Gulf, 1996
  C.R. Chetty, Satellite Technology and Its Applications, TAB Books, 1991
  W.R. Corliss, Scientific Satellites, SP-133, NASA, 1967
  M. Davies, editor,  The Standard Handbook for Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers, McGraw-Hill, 2003
  M. Davidoff, The Satellite Experimenter's Handbook, American Radio Relay League, 1990
  P. Fortesque and J. Stark, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Wiley, 1995
  M.D. Griffin and J. R. French, Space Vehicle Design, AIAA, 1991
 

M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, 2004

    H.H. Koelle, Handbook of Astronautical Engineering, McGraw Hill, 1961
  W.J. Larson and L.K. Pranke, Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill, 1999
  E. Mallove and G. Matloff, The Starflight Handbook. A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel, Wiley, 1989
  D. H. Martin, Communication Satellites 1958-1995, Aerospace Corporation, 1996
  R. X. Meyer, Elements of Space Technology, Academic Press, 1999
  C.D. Murray and S.F. Dermott, Solar System Dynamics, Cambridge, 1999
  V. L. Pisacane and R. C. Moore, Fundamentals of Space Systems, Oxford University Press, 1994
  J.J. Sellers with contributions W.A. Astore, R.B. Griffin, and W.J. Larson, Understanding Space. An Introduction to Astronautics, McGraw-Hill, 2000
  R.E. Taggart, Weather Satellite Handbook, American Radio Relay League, 1996
  J. R. Wertz and W. J. Larson, eds., Space Mission Analysis and Design, Microcosm and Kluwer, Third Edition., 1999
  J. R. Wertz and W. J. Larson, eds., Reducing Space Mission Cost, Microcosm and Kluwer, 2000
  G.R. Woodcock, Space Stations and Platforms, Orbit Book, 1986
   

    Selected Spacecraft and Missions
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    DSP - Defense Support Program
  J.T. Richelson, America's Space Sentinels. DSP Satellites and National Security, University Press of Kansas, 1999
     
    GPS
  N. Ackroyd and R. Lorimer, Global Navigation: A GPS User’s Guide, Lloyd’s of London, 1994
  E.D. Kaplan, editor, Understanding GPS Principles and Applications, Artech House Publishers, 1996
  T. Logsdon, The Navstar Global Positioning System, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992
  T. Logsdon, Understanding the Navstar, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995
  B.W. Parkinson and J.J. Spilker, Jr., Global Positioning System: Theory and Applications, AIAA, 1996
     
    International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE)
  H.R. Freeman and G.W. Longanecker, The International Ultra Violet Explorer (IUE). Case study in spacecraft design, AIAA
     
    Mariner II
    I. Newlan, First to Venus. The Story of Mariner II, McGraw-Hill, 1963
    H.J. Wheelock, Mariner mission to Venus, McGraw-Hill, 1963
     
    Pioneer Venus
  Pioneer Venus. Case study in spacecraft design.
     
    Pioneer 6-9
  W.R. Corliss, The interplanetary pioneers, NASA SP-278, SP-279, SP-280, 1972
     

    Orbital Mechanics and Mission Design
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  R.R. Bate, D. D. Mueller, and J. E. White, Fundamentals of Astrodynamics, Dover, 1971
  R.H. Battin, An Introduction to the Mathematics and Methods of Astrodynamics, AIAA, 1987
  C.D. Brown, Spacecraft Mission Design, AIAA, 1992
 

A.B. Chatfield, Fundamentals of High Accuracy Inertial Navigation, AIAA, 1997

  V. A. Chobotov, Orbital Mechanics, AIAA, 1991
  H.D. Curtis, Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Elsevier, 2005
  P. R. Escobal, Methods of Orbit Determination, Krieger, 1965
  F.J. Hale, Introduction to Space Flight, Prentice, 1994
  W.M. Kaula, Theory of Satellite Geodesy: Applications of Satellites to Geodesy, Dover, 2000
  T. Logsdon, Orbital Mechanics, Wiley, 1998
  O. Montenbruck and E. Gill, Satellite Orbits. Models, Methods, Applications, Springer Verlag, 2000
  C.D. Murray and S.F. Dermott, Solar System Dynamics, Cambridge, 1999
  J. E. Prussing and B.A. Conway, Orbital Mechanics, Oxford, 1993
  F.J. Regan and S.M. Anandakrishnan, Dynamics of Atmospheric Re-Entry, AIAA, 1993
  A. E. Roy, Orbital Motion, Wiley, 1978
  D.A. Vallado, Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 1997
  J. Van Sickle, Basic GIS Coordinates, CRC Press, AIAA, 2004
  J.P. Vinti, Orbital and Celestial Mechanics, AIAA, 1998
  J.R. Wertz with contributions by H.F. Meissinger, L.K. Newman, and G.N. Smit, Mission Geometry; Orbit and Constellation Design and Management, Kluwer and Microcosm, 2001
 

W. E. Wiesel, Spaceflight Dynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1989; second edition 1997

  S.-J. Ying, Advanced Dynamics, AIAA, 1997
  C.-H. Zee, Theory of Geostationary Satellites, Kluwer, 1989
   

    Space Environment, Spacecraft Interactions, and Space Science
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  S.-I. Akasofu, Physics of Magnetospheric Substorms, Reidel, 1977
  C.W. Allen, Astrophysical Quantities, Humanities Press, 1985
  W. Baumjohann, Basic Space Plasma Physics, World Scientific, 1996
  B.A. Campbell and S.W. McCandless, Jr., Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications, Gulf, 1996
  J. W. Chamberlain and D. M. Hunten, Theory of Planetary Atmospheres, Academic Press, 1987
  J. W. Chamberlain, Physics of the Aurora and Airglow, AGU, 1995
  C.S. Gillmor and J.R. Spreiter,eds., Discovery of the Magnetosphere, AGU, 1997
  S. Glasstone and P.J. Dolan, The Effects of Nuclear Weapons, 3rd edition, DOD and DOE, 1977
  T. Gombosi, Physics of the Space Environment, Cambridge, 1998
    J. W. Haffner, Radiation and Shielding in Space, Academic Press, 1967
  D. Hastings and H. Garrett, Spacecraft-Environment Interactions, Cambridge, 1996
  A. J. Hundhausen, Coronal Expansion and Solar Wind, Springer-Verlag, 1972
  A.V. Jones (editor), Environmental Effects on Spacecraft Positioning and Trajectories, AGU, 1993
  N. L. Johnson and D.S. McKnight, Artificial Space Debris, Krieger, 1991
    A. S. Jursa, ed., Handbook of Geophysics and the Space Environment, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, 1985
  M.-B. Kallenrode, Space Physics, Springer, 2004
 

M. Kivelson and C. T. Russell, eds., Introduction to Space Physics, Cambridge, 1995

  J. F. Lemaire, D. Heynderickx, and D. N. Baker, eds., Radiation Belts an Models and Standards, AGU, 1996
  S.-i. Ohtani, R. Fujii, M. Hesse, and R.L. Kysak (editors), Magnetospheric Current Systems, AGU, 2000
  G.K. Parks, Physics of Space Plasmas, Addison-Wesley, 1991
  G.E. Peterson, Dynamics of Meteor Outbursts and Satellite Mitigation Strategies, Aerospace Press and AIAA, 1999
  D. Schrunk, B. Sharpe, B. Cooper, and M. Thangavelu, The Moon. Resources, Future Development and Colonization, Wiley, 1999
  W. M. Smart, Textbook on Spherical Astronomy, Cambridge,1977
  R.A. Skrivanek, ed., Contemporary Models of the Orbital Environment, AIAA, 1994
  F. D. Stacey, Physics of the Earth, Brookfield, 1992
  S.T. Suess and B.T. Tsurutani, From the Sun: Auroras, Magnetic Storms, Solar Flares, Cosmic Rays, AGU, 1998
  T. Tascione, Introduction to the Space Environment, Orbit Book, 1988
  R.A. Treumann, W. Baumjohann, Advanced Space Plasma Physics, World Scientific, 1997
  A. Tribble, The Space Environment, Princeton University Press, 1995
  B.T. Tsurutani, W.D. Gonzales, Y. Kamide, and J.K. Arballo, eds., Magnetic Storms, AGU, 1997
  M. V. Zombeck, Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics, Cambridge, 1990
   

    Spacecraft Dynamics, Spacecraft ADC and GNC
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  S.N. Atluri and A.K. Amos, Large Space Structures : Dynamics and Control, Springer-Verlag, 1988
    American National Standard, Recommended Practice for Atmospheric and Space Flight Vehicle Coordinate Systems, ANSI/AIAA R-004-1992, AIAA, 1992
    American National Standard, Recommended Practice for Astrodynamics Concepts, Terms, and Symbols - Part I, ANSI/AIAA R-64-1994, AIAA, 1995
  A.B. Chatfield, Fundamentals of High Accuracy Inertial Navigation, AIAA, 1997
  V.A. Chobotov, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control, 1991
    C.S. Draper, W. Wrigley, and J. Hovorka , Inertial Guidance, Pergamon, 1960
  P.C. Hughes, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics, Wiley, 1985
  S. M. Joshi, Control of Large Flexible Space Structures, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1989
  A. Kelkar and S. M. Joshi, Control of Nonlinear Multibody Flexible Space Structures, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1996
 

J.L. Junkins and J.D. Turner, Optimal Spacecraft Rotational Maneuvers, Elsevier, 1986

  T. R. Kane, P. W. Likins, and D.A. Levinson, Spacecraft Dynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1983
  M. H. Kaplan, Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, John Wiley and Sons, 1976
  J.B. Kuipers, Quaternions and Rotational Sequences: A Primer with Applications to Orbits, Aerospace and Virtual Reality, Princeton, 1999
    C.T. Leondes, Guidance and Control of Aerospace Vehicles, McGraw Hill,1963
  B. W. Parkinson and J. J. Spiker Jr., eds., Global Positioning System: Theory and Applications, v.1 and 2, AIAA, 1996
  F.J. Regan and S.M. Anandakrishnan, Dynamics of Atmospheric Re-Entry, AIAA, 1993
  M.J. Sidi, Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, Cambridge, 1997
  W.T. Thomson, Introduction to Space Dynamics, Dover Publications, 1961, 1986
  D. Vallado, Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 1997
  J. R. Wertz, ed., Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control, Kluwer, 1978
  B. Wie, Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control, AIAA, 1998
  W. E. Wiesel, Spaceflight Dynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1997
   

    Spacecraft Power Systems
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  J. A. Angelo and D. Buden, Space Nuclear Power, Orbit Book Co., 1985
  S.W. Angrist, Direct Energy Conversion, 2nd edition, Allyn and Bacon, Boston, 1971
  B.E. Anspaugh, Solar Cell Radiation Handbook, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Publication, 1989
  B.E. Anspaugh, GaAs Solar Cell Radiation Handbook, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Publication 96-9, 1996.
  P. Bauer, Batteries for Space Power Systems, NASA SP-172, 1968
    J.O'M. Bockris and S. Srinivason, Fuel Cells and Electrochemistry, McGraw-Hill, 1969
    J.D. Dunlop, G.M. Rao, and T.Y. Yi, NASA Handbook for Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries, NASA Reference Publication 1314, 1993
  S.J. Fonash, Solar Cell Device Physics, Academic Press,1981
    F.E. Ford, G.M. Rao, and T.Y. Yi, Handbook for Handling and Storage of Nickel-Cadmium Batteries: Lessons Learned, NASA Reference Publication 1326, 1994
   

G. Halpert, S. Subbarao, and J.J. Rowlette, The NASA Aerospace Battery Safety Handbook, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Publication 86-14, 1986

  G. Halpert, Secondary Aerospace Batteries and Battery Materials: A Bibliography, NASA SP, 1969
  A.K. Hyder, R.L. Wiley, G. Halpert, D.J. Flood, and S. Sabripour, Spacecraft Power Technologies, Imperial College Press, London, 2000  
  H.A. Klein, Fuel Cells: An Introduction to Electrochemistry, Lippincott, 1966
    D. Linden, Handbook of Batteries and Fuel Cells, McGraw-Hill, 1984
  H. S. Rauschenbach, Solar Cell Array Design Handbook, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980
    Solar Cell Array Design Handbook, Vol.1 and Vol.2, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL SP 43-48, 1976
    W.R. Scott and D.W. Rusta, Sealed-Cell Nickel-Cadmium Battery Applications Manual, NASA Reference Publication 1052, 1979
    H.Y. Tada, J.R. Carter, Jr., B.E. Anspaugh, and R.G. Downing, Solar Cell Radiation Handbook, 3rd edition, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Publication 82-69, 1982
  T. Tanaka, Advanced Power Cable Technology: Present and Future, CRC Press, 1983
    C. Vialet and P. Ranzoli, Definition of Standard Spacecraft Power Interface Characteristics: Final Report, ESA Contract 4505/80/NL/PP(SC), 1983
   

    Spacecraft and Rocket Propulsion
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G. R. Brewer, Ion Propulsion. Technology and Applications, Gordon and Breach, 1970

  T.B. Brill, W.-Z. Ren, V. Yang (Editors), Solid Propellant Chemistry Combustion and Motor Interior Ballistics, AIAA, 2000
  C.D. Brown, Spacecraft Propulsion, AIAA, 1996
    W.H. Colburn, A Manual for Hybrid Propulsion System Design, 2004
 

M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, 2004

 

P.G. Hill and C.R. Peterson, Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion, Addison- Wesley, 1992

  R.W. Humble, G.N.Henry, and W.J. Larson, Space Propulsion Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill, 1995
  D.K. Huzel, D.H. Huang, Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines, AIAA. 1992
    R. G. Jahn, Physics of Electric Propulsion, McGraw-Hill, 1968
  K.K. Kuo, Recent Advances in Spray Combustion, Vol. I and II, AIAA, 1996 
  K.K. Kuo and M. Sommerfield, editors, Fundamentals of Solid-Propellant Combustion, AIAA, 1984
  G. P. Sutton, Rocket Propulsion Elements, Wiley-Interscience
  G. P. Sutton, History of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines, AIAA, 2006
  M. Tajmar, Advanced Space Propulsion Systems, Springer, 2004
  Y. M. Timnat, Advanced Chemical Rocket Propulsion, Academic Press, 1987
  P. J. Turchi, editor, Propulsion Techniques: Action and Reaction, AIAA, 1998
  V. Yang and W.E. Anderson, editors, Liquid Rocket Engine Combustion Instability, AIAA, 1995
   

 

    Launch Systems
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  R. Chiulli, ed., International Launch Site Guide, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif., 1994
  W.E. Hammond, Space Transportation: A System Approach to Analysis and Design, AIAA, 1999
  S. J. Isakowitz, International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, AIAA, 1991
   

 

    Space Communications
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  B.G. Evans (editor), Satellite Communication Systems, IEE, 1999
  R.M. Gagliardi, Satellite Communications, Lifetime Learning Publications , 1984
  R.M. Gagliardi, Introduction to Communication Engineering, Wiley, 1988
  G.D. Gordon and W.L. Morgan, Principles of Communications Satellites, Wiley, 1993
  W.L. Morgan and G.D. Gordon, Communications Satellite Handbook, Wiley, 1989
  D.B. Newman, Space Vehicles Electronics, Van Nostrand,1964
  T. Pratt and C.W. Bostian, Satellite Communications, Wiley, 1986
  W.L. Pritchard, H.G. Suyderhoud, and R.A. Nelson, Satellite Communication Systems Engineering, Prentice Hall, 1993
  D. Roddy, Satellite Communications, McGraw-Hill, 1996
  B. Sklar, Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Application, Prentice-Hall, 1988
  J.J. Spilker, Digital Communications by Satellite, Prentice-Hall, 1977
  D.J. Whalen, The Origins of Satellite Communications: 1945-1965, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002
  J.H. Yuen, ed., Deep Space Telecommunications Systems Engineering, Plenum, 1983
   

 

    Spacecraft Thermal Control
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  D. G. Gilmore (editor), Satellite Thermal Control Handbook, The Aerospace Corporation, 1994
  R.D. Karam, Satellite Thermal Control for System Engineers, AIAA, 1998
  R.D. Siegel and J. Howell, Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, Taylor & Francis, 2002
   

 

    Space Structures and Mechanisms
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  P.L. Conley, Space Vehicle Mechanisms: Elements of Successful Design, John Wiley, 1998
  S. M. Joshi, Control of Large Flexible Space Structures, Springer-Verlag, 1989
  A. Kelkar and S. M. Joshi, Control of Nonlinear Multibody Flexible Space Structures, Springer-Verlag, 1996
  Standard Terminology for Space Structures, AIAA and ANSI, 1991
  T. P. Sarafin and W. J. Larson, eds., Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms, Microcosm and Kluwer, 1995
   

 

    Rockets and Missiles
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  E.L. Fleeman, Tactical Missile Design, AIAA, 2001
 

M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, 2004

  W.E. Hammond, Space Transportation: A System Approach to Analysis and Design, AIAA, 1999
  R.M. Lloyd, Physics of Direct Hit and Near Miss Warhead Technology, AIAA, 2001
  B.-Z. Naveh and A. Lorber, Theater Ballistic Missile Defense, AIAA, 2001
  F.J. Regan and S.M. Anandakrishnan, Dynamics of Atmospheric Re-Entry, AIAA, 1993
   

 

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