To Orbit and Back Again

To Orbit and Back Again : How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space

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The Space Shuttle has been the dominant machine in the U.S. space program for thirty years and has generated a great deal of interest among space enthusiasts and engineers. This book enables readers to understand its technical systems in greater depth than they have been able to do so before.

The author describes the structures and systems of the Space Shuttle, and then follows a typical mission, explaining how the structures and systems were used in the launch, orbital operations and the return to Earth. Details of how anomalous events were dealt with on individual missions are also provided, as are the recollections of those who built and flew the Shuttle. Many photographs and technical drawings illustrate how the Space Shuttle functions, avoiding the use of complicated technical jargon.

The book is divided into two sections: Part 1 describes each subsystem in a technical style, supported by diagrams, technical drawings, and photographs to enable a better understanding of the concepts. Part 2 examines different flight phases, from liftoff to landing. Technical material has been obtained from NASA as well as from other forums and specialists.

Author Davide Sivolella is an aerospace engineer with a life-long interest in space and is ideally qualified to interpret technical manuals for a wider audience. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the topic including the evolution of given subsystems, reviewing the different configurations, and focusing on the solutions implemented.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 502 pages
  • 168 x 240 x 30.48mm | 8,741g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 2014 ed.
  • 95 Illustrations, color; 150 Illustrations, black and white; XXII, 502 p. 245 illus., 95 illus. in color.
  • 1461409829
  • 9781461409823
  • 548,005

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The question may be simple, but the answer is not as easy to give. This book describes the structures and systems used each time the Shuttle was launched, and then follows an imaginary mission, explaining how those structures and systems were used in orbital operations and the return to Earth. Details of how anomalous events were dealt with on individual missions are also provided, as are the recollections of those who built and flew the Shuttle.



Highly illustrated with many diagrams, photographs and technical drawings, To Orbit and Back Again

- focuses on the engineering aspects of the Shuttle

- describes the systems and subsystems in clear, non-technical terms

- brings to the fore the design work behind the Space Shuttle and the mission itself.
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Table of contents

Part 1: The Machine from A to Z.- Introduction.- Structure.- Main Propulsion System.- Solid Rocket Booster.- Orbital Maneuvering System and Reaction Control System.- Cargo Bay and Payload.- Electrical and Environmental Control Life Support.- Thermal Protection System.- Living On Board.- Part 2: Flying the Machine.- Ascent.- Orbital Flight.- Re-entry and Landing.
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"This book focuses on the space shuttle and its technology, including the shuttle's design, engineering, integration, and operations. ... This comprehensive volume provides a good overview of the accomplishments of the engineers who designed the shuttle and its operational protocols. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers interested in space science and technology." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (7), March, 2014)

"Davide Sivolella's book To Orbit and Back Again ... becomes apparent just how complex the shuttle was, and how remarkable it was that it flew as successfully as it did for three decades. ... There is, as promised, considerable technical information about the shuttle's systems, far more than the general reader might expect, or want. ... someone seeking to go beyond the basics of the engineering of the shuttle. ... this book provides a good reminder of what made those launches possible." (Jeff Foust, TheSpaceReview.com, November, 2013)
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From the reviews:

"This book focuses on the space shuttle and its technology, including the shuttle's design, engineering, integration, and operations. ... This comprehensive volume provides a good overview of the accomplishments of the engineers who designed the shuttle and its operational protocols. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers interested in space science and technology." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (7), March, 2014)

"Davide Sivolella's book To Orbit and Back Again ... becomes apparent just how complex the shuttle was, and how remarkable it was that it flew as successfully as it did for three decades. ... There is, as promised, considerable technical information about the shuttle's systems, far more than the general reader might expect, or want. ... someone seeking to go beyond the basics of the engineering of the shuttle. ... this book provides a good reminder of what made those launches possible." (Jeff Foust, TheSpaceReview.com, November, 2013)
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About Davide Sivolella

Davide Sivolella was born in Pinerolo, Italy, in 1981. As a child, he developed a fascination with all kinds of flying machines, especially those which travel above the atmosphere. This passion for astronautics led to bacheklor's and master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy). He then worked as a specialist in aircraft structural repairs odf civil airliners in the United Kingsom. He thinks of aircraft as spacecraft that fly low and slow. To Orbit and Back Again: How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space is his first book, born from a life-long passion for the Space Shuttle program. Apart from his fondness for human space exploration, and writing about it, he also enjoys cooking, traveling, and landscape photography. He currently lives in England near London with his Spanish wife Monica.
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