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Space Exploration

SpaceX's Dragon: America's Next Generation Spacecraft

Authors: Seedhouse, Erik

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  • Describes the development and design of the Dragon spacecraft, built by SpaceX, and its variants as compared to the Boeing and Sierra Nevada alternatives currently being developed
  • Expands on the author's previous book "SpaceX" to provide more in depth information about the latest in their spacecraft and rocket design
  • Presents a viable and reusable alternative to Soyuz for resupply to the International Space Station
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Dragon V2 is a futuristic vehicle that not only provides a means for NASA to transport its astronauts to the orbiting outpost but also advances SpaceX’s core objective of reusability. A direct descendant of Dragon, Dragon V2 can be retrieved, refurbished and re-launched. It is a spacecraft with the potential to completely revolutionize the economics of an industry where equipment costing hundreds of millions of dollars is routinely discarded after a single use. It was presented by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in May 2014 as the spaceship that will carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as 2016.

SpaceX’s Dragon – America’s Next Generation Spacecraft describes the extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement that have placed this revolutionary spacecraft at the forefront of the launch industry and positioned it as the precursor for ultimately transporting humans to Mars. It describes the design and development of Dragon, provides mission highlights of the first six Commercial Resupply Missions, and explains how Musk hopes to eventually colonize Mars.

About the authors

Seedhouse is a research scientist specializing in environmental 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 is a certified commercial suborbital astronaut who will fly a payload mission in 2015/2016. Between 2008-2013 he was Director of Canada's Manned Centrifuge and Hypobaric Chamber Operations. He is also the Training Director for Astronauts for Hire. He works as manned spaceflight consultant, triathlon coach, author and public speaker.

Reviews

“This book covers recent events in the development of the ‘new space’ commercial market, in particular, the development of the Dragon spacecraft and its associated rockets by industry-leading Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). … It is recommended for general knowledge, for high school or undergraduate education, for readers interested in the development of the commercial space industry, and dreamers who see the human race migrating beyond low Earth orbit. Summing Up: Recommended. All library collections.” (T. Eastman, Choice, Vol. 53 (10), June, 2016)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • SpaceX

    Pages 1-9

    Seedhouse, Erik

  • Commercial Crew Programs

    Pages 11-21

    Seedhouse, Erik

  • Dragon Design, Development, and Test

    Pages 23-44

    Seedhouse, Erik

  • Dragon at the International Space Station

    Pages 45-62

    Seedhouse, Erik

  • Dragon Delivers

    Pages 63-94

    Seedhouse, Erik

Buy this book

eBook £19.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21515-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £24.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21514-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
SpaceX's Dragon: America's Next Generation Spacecraft
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21515-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21515-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-21514-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 188
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 77 illustrations in colour
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