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Energy Conversions:: Growth and Innovation

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195168754
eISBN:
9780199783601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168755.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Our civilization is based on massive consumption of fossil fuels. This chapter begins by examining technical advances of energy industries, before turning to energy transitions and the process of ... More


The Traveler's Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Neil F. Comins

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231177542
eISBN:
9780231542890
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177542.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

If you have ever wondered about space travel, now you have the opportunity to understand it more fully than ever before. Traveling into space and even emigrating to nearby worlds may soon become part ... More


Thermal waves and ablative drive

Stefano Atzeni and JÜrgen Meyer-Ter-Vehn

in The Physics of Inertial Fusion: BeamPlasma Interaction, Hydrodynamics, Hot Dense Matter

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198562641
eISBN:
9780191714030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198562641.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Nuclear and Plasma Physics

Energy transport in ICF targets is dominated by electron heat conduction and radiative energy transfer. This transport often occurs in form of thermal waves with steep fronts, which may run ... More


The Art of Rocket Engineering

J. D. Hunley

in U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031781
eISBN:
9780813038568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031781.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book has argued that the basic process of developing rocket technology involves engineering more than rocket science. In making this point, it follows the general theses of Edwin Layton, Walter ... More


From Pompton Lakes to White Sands: Other Liquid-Propellant Rocket Developments, 1930–1954

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031774
eISBN:
9780813038551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses other American rocket efforts from 1930 to 1954, culminating in a joining of German and JPL rocket technologies in the Bumper WAC project. Goddard, with his small band of ... More


Conclusion

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031774
eISBN:
9780813038551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter summarizes the discussions in the preceding chapters. This book has followed the history of rocket technology, especially missile technology, from its early beginnings in the research ... More


The Beginnings: Goddard and Oberth, 1926–1945

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031774
eISBN:
9780813038551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter introduces the two rocket pioneers who had the greatest influence on American missiles and launch vehicles: the American physicist and rocket experimenter Robert H. Goddard and the ... More


Peenemünde and the A-4 (V-2), 1932–1945

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031774
eISBN:
9780813038551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the development of the A-4 (V-2) missile and provides technical information needed for later analysis of ways in which the V-2 was and was not a stepping-stone for American ... More


JPL: From JATO to the Corporal, 1936–1957

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031774
eISBN:
9780813038551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter covers rocket development in the United States before, during, and shortly after World War II at what became the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Pasadena, California. Topics ... More


From Eaton Canyon to the Sergeant Missile: Solid-Propellant Rocket Developments, 1940–1962

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031774
eISBN:
9780813038551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on developments at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory after World War II. Until the mid-1950s, the main efforts in the evolution of large surface-to-surface missiles in the United ... More


Optimal Spacecraft Trajectories

John E. Prussing

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198811084
eISBN:
9780191848360
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198811084.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

Optimal spacecraft trajectories are given a modern comprehensive treatment of the theory and important results. In most cases “optimal” means minimum propellant. Less propellant required results in ... More


The Inheritance

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter looks at the beginnings of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which began as a graduate-student rocket project at Caltech in the 1930s. At the time, Caltech was already a center for ... More


Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Peter Redfield

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

Rockets roar into space—bearing roughly half the world's commercial satellites—from the same South American coastal rainforest where convicts once did time on infamous Devil's Island. This book draws ... More


Rocket Trajectories

John E. Prussing

in Optimal Spacecraft Trajectories

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198811084
eISBN:
9780191848360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198811084.003.0003
Subject:
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

rocket trajectories, including equations of motion are treated. High- and low-thrust engines are analysed, including constant-specific-impulse and variable-specific-impulse engines. The equation of ... More


U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle

J.D Hunley

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031781
eISBN:
9780813038568
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031781.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book is part of a two-volume overview of U.S. missile and rocket technology. For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the ... More


Animating the Science Fiction Imagination

J.P. Telotte

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190695262
eISBN:
9780190695309
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190695262.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Before flying saucers, robot monsters, and alien menaces invaded the movies of the 1950s, there was already a significant body of animated science fiction, produced by such studios as Disney, the ... More


Launch Vehicles

in In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804700634
eISBN:
9780804775007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804700634.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter examines the progression of Japan's ballistic missile-centric capabilities through an examination of the space launch vehicles (SLVs) in the country's official space program over the ... More


Emerging Technologies

in In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804700634
eISBN:
9780804775007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804700634.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter examines emerging technologies that Japan has developed from its long experience with rockets and satellites, discussing the progress of Japan's efforts to develop the H-IIB, Galaxy ... More


A Gate to the Heavens

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter highlights the fact that technologies associated with the exploration and commercialization of outer space have significantly transformed experiences of human space on a global scale, ... More


Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III

J.D Hunley

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031774
eISBN:
9780813038551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031774.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book is part of a two-volume overview of U.S. missile and rocket technology. For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the ... More


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