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Title:
A vision of future space transportation : a visual guide to future spacecraft concepts
Author:
McElyea, Tim.
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Publication Information:
Burlington, Ont. : Apogee Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiii, 186 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).
Summary:
CD-ROM contains official NASA videos, vehicle concept animations, and dynamic multimedia. View spacecraft concepts in 3D, see mission animation and hear first hand what visionaries of the aerospace industry hope to accomplish.
General Note:
"Foreword by David Brin."--Cover.

"In partnership with Space Day Foundation."--Cover.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781896522937
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Book

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The glorious space age has come and gone. So what now? What's next? To go further, to go faster, we must take the next step. Space is still full of mystery and challenges humankind as much as ever. Ideas on what the next step is, or steps are, vary greatly and there is no shortage of concepts for the future of space transportation. Concepts include new engines, new strategies, harnessing gravity, electromagnetism, nuclear energy and more. This book will take you on a guided visual tour of the future of space transportation. From Earth to Orbit to In-Space transportation, you will sample what is being considered and get an easy-to-understand explanation of what the spacecraft will do and how it will work. Decades ago Dr. Wernher von Braun teamed with Walt Disney to animate a mission to Mars and inspired a generation. Today multimedia, animation and video serve a similar communications need. The CD-ROM included contains official NASA videos, vehicle concept animation, and dynamic multimedia. View spacecraft concepts in 3D, see mission animation and hear first hand what the visionaries of the aerospace industry hope to accomplish.


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This colorful book and accompanying CD-ROM provide a timely overview of the future of space transportation, spacecraft concepts, and propulsion technologies. For each spacecraft concept, McElyea provides illustrations of the vehicle and a very brief description of the science and technology behind the propulsion system. The author's goal is to inspire general audiences about future spacecraft technologies through stunning illustrations and computer graphics. The CD-ROM contains many digital images, videos, and animations of the spacecraft and their missions, including interviews with the engineers and managers developing the concepts. The book is not a technical review of propulsion concepts: it does not discuss scientific and technical details of the propulsion systems or the challenges in developing the technology required to implement the concepts. Although it treats many potential spacecraft and propulsion systems developed by NASA and industry, it is not meant to be an exhaustive compilation. This book is a good introduction to future space technologies for general readers, but the lack of technical details limits its use by introductory engineering or science students. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers. E. M. Murphy University of Virginia