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Space Vehicle Design, Second Edition (AIAA Education) Hardcover – February 23, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1563475399 ISBN-10: 1563475391 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: AIAA Education
  • Hardcover: 665 pages
  • Publisher: AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Ast; 2 edition (February 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563475391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563475399
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best, the most comprehensive, the most up-to-date resource for today's engineering challenges in space systems design."

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Michael D. Griffin has participated in numerous space missions in the course of a career in government, industry, and the national laboratories. As an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University, he has taught a variety of courses in aerospace engineering and applied mathematics. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and the AAS, a recipient of the AIAA Space Systems Award, and a two-term AIAA Director- at-Large. He is a registered professional Engineer and holds seven degrees in the fields of physics, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and business administration.

James R. French, after receiving a BSME from MIT in 1958, worked at the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International on the development and testing of the H-l, F-1 and J-2 engines for the Apollo/Saturn launch vehicles, and at TRW on the Apollo Lunar Module descent engine. While with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1967 to 1986, he participated in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and SP-100 programs and many advanced-mission studies. During 1986 and 1987 he was VP-Engineering of the American Rocket Company. Since 1987 he has been in private practice as a consultant in space systems engineering. An AIAA Associate Fellow, he has been a member of several AIAA Technical Committees, chaired the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee, and has received the Shuttle Flag Award.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ZachG on March 9, 2008
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I used this book in a space vehicle design class. If you intend to use this text to gain a broad understanding of the basic design considerations for space vehicles, I believe you will be satisfied. If, however, you would like to go into depth regarding rocket propulsion, orbital mechanics, structural/vibration analysis, reentry, etc. look for a text which is devoted to those topics. This text does cover such topics as well as others but is lacking in detail. There are some good examples throughout each chapter and problems at the end of each chapter.
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By J.Y. Xing on February 27, 2014
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This is a good introduction to spacecraft design. The author, Michael D. Griffin is a former NASA administrator. The layout and content of this text are similar to other spacecraft design books such Spacecraft Systems Engineering by Peter Fortescue, Graham Swinerd and John Stark. Since all space design books look about the same, it is just a matter of personal preference to choose the favorite one. This book cover all of the classical topic of space vehicle design: space environment, orbital mechanics, spacecraft dynamics, propulsion, structure, attitude control, telecommunication, thermal control, electrical systems. However, don't expect to became a specialist in each of these topics with this single book, you must refer to specialized text. For propulsion, look at Rocket Propulsion Element. Nevertheless, you will find interesting and useful information from a design perspective. For example, you will learn that the F-1 engine's gas generator is started by the head pressure of the tank.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittney Pavel on February 14, 2014
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I had to buy this book for one of my college courses. It is very informative and I learned much from this book, but reading it is incredibly boring. It is such a dry read.
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