Provides a history of three major centers that have managed important missions since the dawn of the space age: Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
Describes the basic concepts of spaceflight operations, for both human and unmanned missions, and explains the basic subsystems of a space vehicle. The relationship of spacecraft design and the very unique space environment are also laid out, and flight dynamics are taught as well as ground segment requirements.
Provides an overview of space technology and a holistic understanding of the system-of-systems that is a modern spacecraft. It covers launch systems, structures, power, thermal, communications, propulsion, software, entry, descent and landing, ground segment, robotics, data systems, technology, and project management.
Draws on leading aerospace experts to carry readers through mission design, from orbit selection to ground ops. Also covers technology, small spacecraft design and the cost-reduction process, manufacturing, space computers, payload design and autonomous systems.