Space Systems Failures

Disasters and Rescues of Satellites, Rockets and Space Probes

David M. Harland and Ralph D. Lorenz

Space Systems FailuresFew endeavours are as technologically demanding as the design and operation of rockets and robotic spacecraft. Throughout the Space Age, missions have been frustrated by a variety of failures, ranging from booster failures and upper stages misfiring, to satellites blowing fuses, to probes missing their targets, and even crash landing. In space, therefore, just as on Earth, if we are to advance the state of the art we must learn from our failures.

In Space Systems Failures David Harland and Ralph Lorenz review the causes of failures and how the engineering knowledge base has been enhanced by the lessons learned. The tales they tell provide a valuable insight into the trials and tribulations of exploration and exploitation of the high frontier.

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Extent: 386 pages
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: March 2005
ISBN: 978-0-387-21519-8



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