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Stratospheric Flight

Aeronautics at the Limit

Authors: Sóbester, Andras

  • Includes actual accounts of famous and infamous flights and milestone events in the history of stratospheric flight
  • Gives detailed analysis of the science behind stratospheric flight
  • Conveys in a non-technical way the challenges and trade-offs of stratospheric flight
  • Presents original research that debunks myths and clarifies many widely misunderstood facts and events
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The stratosphere is the highest layer of Earth's atmosphere where aircraft can still fly. The density of the air is just high enough here to generate lift on a wing or buoyancy on a balloon, so designing any stratospheric aircraft is a delicate technological balancing act for the engineer. Designing and operating an aircraft capable of conveying humans to the stratosphere is more challenging still: biologically, we simply do not belong up there. Temperatures often as low as -80C (-112F) and an ambient pressure rapidly diminishing with altitude make for an extremely forbidding environment. In fact, as we pass 50 000 feet (the lower end of Concorde's cruising altitude range), we enter the space equivalent zone - from a physiological point of view we might as well be in low Earth orbit.

 

The fact that stratospheric flight is possible at all - moreover, even safe and economical, at least in the lower stratosphere - is made possible by some relatively recent advances in our understanding of the science of high altitude flight. This book charts some of these developments; at the same time, it is a catalog of ways in which the stratosphere can catch out even the well-prepared flyer. Naturally, the failures of early explorers have signposted many of these dangers, but, as regular news headlines and the series of vignettes that punctuate the book illustrate, the learning curve has not levelled off, it has merely become shallower. Stratospheric flight is still aviation at the limit.

About the authors

Dr. Andras Sobester is an aerospace engineering lecturer at the University of Southampton in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. He holds a Research Fellowship funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council. The remit of the Fellowship is to investigate technologies for the reduction of the environmental impact of the next generation of passenger airliners. In particular, his research is aimed at the design of airframe surfaces for minimizing the noise footprint of aircraft, while maintaining their performance.

His other research areas include high altitude flight (including lighter-than-air systems), the multi-disciplinary design optimization of aircraft, the mathematical description of geometries used in aerospace engineering, as well as machine learning technologies underpinning the use of high fidelity computer simulations in aircraft design.

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"I have put in many hours looking out of airliner windows, even more in aircraft design offices and years test flying but this book fascinated me and taught me a lot." - John Farley


Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stratospheric Flight
Book Subtitle
Aeronautics at the Limit
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-9458-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-9458-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-9457-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 215
Number of Illustrations and Tables
46 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
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