Space Exploration

To Orbit and Back Again

How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space

Authors: Sivolella, Davide

  • Provides a clear and complete description of the Space Shuttle as a flying machine
  • Focuses on the engineering aspects of the Space Shuttle rather than mission objectives
  • Explains how the Space Shuttle functions with many diagrams, technical drawings, and photographs
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About this book

The Space Shuttle has been the dominant machine in the U.S. space program for thirty years and has generated a great deal of interest among space enthusiasts and engineers. This book enables readers to understand its technical systems in greater depth than they have been able to do so before.

The author describes the structures and systems of the Space Shuttle, and then follows a typical mission, explaining how the structures and systems were used in the launch, orbital operations and the return to Earth. Details of how anomalous events were dealt with on individual missions are also provided, as are the recollections of those who built and flew the Shuttle. Many photographs and technical drawings illustrate how the Space Shuttle functions, avoiding the use of complicated technical jargon.

The book is divided into two sections: Part 1 describes each subsystem in a technical style, supported by diagrams, technical drawings, and photographs to enable a better understanding of the concepts. Part 2 examines different flight phases, from liftoff to landing. Technical material has been obtained from NASA as well as from other forums and specialists.

Author Davide Sivolella is an aerospace engineer with a life-long interest in space and is ideally qualified to interpret technical manuals for a wider audience. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the topic including the evolution of given subsystems, reviewing the different configurations, and focusing on the solutions implemented.

About the authors

Davide Sivolella was born in Pinerolo, Italy, in 1981. As a child, he developed a fascination with all kinds of flying machines, especially those which travel above the atmosphere. This passion for astronautics led to bacheklor's and master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy). He then worked as a specialist in aircraft structural repairs odf civil airliners in the United Kingsom. He thinks of aircraft as spacecraft that fly low and slow. To Orbit and Back Again: How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space is his first book, born from a life-long passion for the Space Shuttle program. Apart from his fondness for human space exploration, and writing about it, he also enjoys cooking, traveling, and landscape photography. He currently lives in England near London with his Spanish wife Monica.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book focuses on the space shuttle and its technology, including the shuttle’s design, engineering, integration, and operations. … This comprehensive volume provides a good overview of the accomplishments of the engineers who designed the shuttle and its operational protocols. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers interested in space science and technology.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (7), March, 2014)

“Davide Sivolella’s book To Orbit and Back Again … becomes apparent just how complex the shuttle was, and how remarkable it was that it flew as successfully as it did for three decades. … There is, as promised, considerable technical information about the shuttle’s systems, far more than the general reader might expect, or want. … someone seeking to go beyond the basics of the engineering of the shuttle. … this book provides a good reminder of what made those launches possible.” (Jeff Foust, TheSpaceReview.com, November, 2013)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • A brain and mind for the Orbiter: the avionics system

    Sivolella, Davide

    Pages 1-34

  • A skeleton for the Orbiter: structure and mechanisms

    Sivolella, Davide

    Pages 35-80

  • Power to orbit: the main engines

    Sivolella, Davide

    Pages 81-124

  • Power to orbit: solid rocket booster

    Sivolella, Davide

    Pages 125-156

  • Shuttle propulsion: the external tank

    Sivolella, Davide

    Pages 157-178

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-0983-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-0982-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Rent the ebook  
  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
  • low-cost access
  • online reader with highlighting and note-making option
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
To Orbit and Back Again
Book Subtitle
How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0983-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0983-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0982-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 502
Number of Illustrations and Tables
150 b/w illustrations, 95 illustrations in colour
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