Space Exploration

Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Part 3: Wows and Woes, 1997-2003

Authors: Ulivi, Paolo, Harland, David

  • The 4-volume series provides comprehensive coverage with thousands of references to the professional literature Emphasizes the technology of space probes
  • Comprehensive coverage ranges from the earliest planetary probes to the most recent planetary flights and missions
  • Provides multilingual references (including Chinese, Russian, Czech, French, Italian)
  • Details many unflown and unfulfilled missions
  • Describes the technical rivalry between the US and Soviet Union in the development of launches
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About this book

Paolo Ulivi and David Harland provide in Robotic Exploration of the Solar System a detailed history of unmanned missions of exploration of our Solar System. The subject is treated from an engineering and scientific standpoint. Technical descriptions of the spacecraft, of their mission designs and of instrumentations are provided. Scientific results are discussed in considerable depth, together with details of mission management.

The project will deliver four volumes totaling over 2,000 pages that will provide comprehensive coverage of the topic with thousands of references to the professional literature that should make it the 'first port of call' for people seeking information on the topic. The books will cover missions from the 1950s until the present day, and some of the latest missions and their results will appear in a popular science book for the first time.

About the authors

Paolo Ulivi was born in Florence, Italy and graduated from the Politecnico di Milano University with a thesis on robotics for Mars sample return missions. He works as a consultant in aerospace structures in Toulouse, France. In his free time, he researches the history of astronautics, astronomy, aeronautics and the Cold War. He is also an amateur astronomer and specializes in Solar System observations.

David Harland studied astronomy to degree level, and pursued a career lecturing in computer science, and academic and industrial research. In 1995, David "retired" to resume his interest in spaec and started to write. He has over two dozen books published to date, a majority of them with Springer/Praxis and several others under contract. These days he considers himself to be an amateur hermit and a professional space historian.

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From the reviews:

Selected by Choice magazine as an "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2013

“Ulivi and Harland remedy this by providing rich, detailed overviews of Cassini, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, and a number of less-well-known missions, such as Stardust. … The book features many illustrations, including images from the missions themselves, diagrams of the trajectories followed, and schematics of the spacecraft. … The book is well-researched and documented and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the exploration of Earth’s solar system. … Summing Up: Essential. All space history collections.” (C. Palma, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-09628-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-09627-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Robotic Exploration of the Solar System
Book Subtitle
Part 3: Wows and Woes, 1997-2003
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09628-5
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09628-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-09627-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 529
Number of Illustrations and Tables
243 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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