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Space Exploration

TIM PEAKE and BRITAIN'S ROAD TO SPACE

Authors: Seedhouse, Erik

  • Chronicles the history of the British space program from Blue Steel to Principia and the history of British astronauts from Helen Sharman to Tim Peake
  • Explains why it took the U.K the best part of a quarter of a century to launch its second astronaut
  • Describes the selection and training undertaken by Tim Peake in preparation for the Principia mission
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About this book

For centuries the British developed a reputation as a nation of explorers. From Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe to the ascent of Everest, British explorers crossed oceans and continents and ventured where few, if any, had gone before. Until very recently, that legacy of exploration had not extended to space. For decades, successive governments chose to stay out of the human spaceflight programme, but in 2008 there were signs of optimism when ESA selected a new class of six astronauts, including, for the first time, a British representative: Timothy Peake. 

This book puts the reader in the flight suit of Britain’s first male astronaut. In addition to delving into the life of Tim Peake, this book discusses the learning curves required in astronaut and mission training and the complexity of the technologies required to launch an astronaut and keep them alive for months on end. This book underscores the fact that technology and training, unlike space, do not exist in a vacuum; complex technical systems, like the ISS, interact with the variables of human personality, and the cultural background of the astronauts. But ultimately, this is the story of Tim Peake and the Principia mission and the down-to-the-last-bolt descriptions of life aboard the ISS, by way of the hurdles placed by the British government and the rigors of training at Russia’s Star City military base.

About the authors

Dr. Erik Seedhouse is an assistant professor in applied aviation sciences/commercial space operations and a research scientist specializing in space life sciences and physiology, the subject in which he obtained his Ph.D. while working for the European Space Agency between 1996 and 1998. In 2009, he was one of the final candidates for selection as an astronaut in the CSA’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. He has completed all the training required by a suborbital astronaut and hopes to fly on Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle in the near future. Between 2008-13 he was Director of Canada's Manned Centrifuge and Hypobaric Chamber Operations. He works as an assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a manned spaceflight consultant, triathlon coach, author and public speaker. His latest book is To Mars Fast.

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-57907-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57906-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
TIM PEAKE and BRITAIN'S ROAD TO SPACE
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57907-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57907-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-57906-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 126 illustrations in colour
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