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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering | Stratonauts


Pioneers Venturing into the Stratosphere

von Ehrenfried, Manfred

2014, XVI, 236 p. 146 illus., 87 illus. in color.

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  • Explains how pilots and crew fly to extreme altitudes and the risks and problems involved
  • Covers the history of stratospheric flight from the earliest times to the present day
  • Includes material on the author's personal experiences as an RB-57F sensor operator and Apollo Pressure Suit Test Subject

Stratonauts chronicles humankind’s quest for ever higher altitudes from ancient times to the present. It is based upon history, science and technology, and tells some interesting and fascinating stories along the way. It pays tribute to those killed while attempting to reach the stratosphere over the past several centuries.


“Dutch” von Ehrenfried uses his personal experience as a NASA sensor operator on the RB-57F, flying to an altitude of 70,000 feet, as well as the input and experience from other RB-57F, U-2, A-12, SR-71 and F-104 pilots. Although many of the aircraft and balloons are described, more emphasis is placed on the crews and what they went through. This book is intended for aviators of all kinds and flying enthusiasts in general.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Balloon Flight in Atmosphere - CIA A-12 OXCART - CIA Blackbirds - Flight Operations in Stratosphere - Flight at extreme altitudes - High Altitude Pilots - History of High-altitude Flight - Mach Tuck - NASA aeronauts - Pressure Suits - Risks of Stratosphere Flight

Related subjects » Atmospheric Sciences - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - History of Science - Mechanical Engineering

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