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Books by Mike Gruntman
Mike Gruntman is professor of astronautics at the University of Southern California. He is an accomplished space scientist and engineer ("rocket scientist") and educator, with more than 200 scholarly publications, including three books, in various areas of science and engineering. His book Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry (published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2004) received the 2006 Luigi Napolitano Award from the International Academy of Astronautics. Another Mike's book, From Astronautics to Cosmonautics, 2007, was nominated (2008) for the Emme Award of the American Astronautical Society.
Mike Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry , AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), Reston, VA., 2004.
Winner of the Luigi Napolitano Award (2006) from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
Mike Gruntman, From Astronautics to Cosmonautics , BookSurge, North Charleston, S.C., 2007
Nominated for the Emme Award (2008) of the American Astronautical Society.
Video (25 min; based on part of the book): Ary Sternfeld. A Forgotten Space Pioneer.
Mike Gruntman, Enemy Amongst Trojans. A Soviet Spy at USC , Figueroa Press, Los Angeles, Calif., 2010
Mike Gruntman, The History of Spaceflight , Chapter 1.2, pp. 4-10,
in Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD ,
eds. J.R. Wertz, D.F. Everett, and J.J. Puschell, Microcosm Press, Hawthorne, Calif., 2011.
Space: From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight (webcast)
Part 1. The First Thousand Years. (87 min)
Part 2. Space in 21st Century. (84 min)
Educational video clips – space missions and spacecraft design
Global Positioning System GPS constellation; orbit circularization by atmospheric drag; Molniya orbit; regression of nodes; prograde, retrograde, and sun-synchronous orbits; rotation of apsides; Molniya communication relay; effect of solar radiation pressure
Recommended books on astronautics and space technology
Recommended books on history of astronautics and space technology