Ensuring the Safety of Manned Spaceflight
David J Shayler
What would it be like to be on a space mission, suffering an accident or malfunction and not being able to escape?
Crew safety and escape mechanisms have been at the forefront of all spacecraft design throughout the history
of space exploration. Some have played a vital part in manned flight, while others never left the drawing board.
Space Rescue: Ensuring the Safety of Manned Spaceflight
traces the development of crew rescue systems from
the earliest designs of manned spacecraft to the current discussions of systems for ISS and on to the
prospect of sending men and women out towards Mars. Uniquely, rather than focusing on the causes of
specific events (Apollo 13, Columbia
), this book examines them from the perspective of crew safety.
It describes the role of Mission Control and recovery forces in ensuring effective support from the
ground to the crew in space, and shows how crews participate in wilderness training and abort simulations
to help prepare them for almost any unplanned and emergency contingency they may face during their mission.
Table of Contents
- Authorís preface
- Foreword by Paul J. Weitz
- List of figures
- List of abbreviations and acronyms
- STS-107: Rescue or repair?
- Space: A final frontier
- Training to survive
- Pad escape
- Launch escape, 1: Escape towers
- Launch escape, 2: Ejection seats
- Away from Earth
- Return to Earth
Publication Date: November 2008
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