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The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration

Who Will Compete, Who Will Dominate?

Authors: Dawson, Linda

  • Explores rising factors in space exploration, including private industry and space tourism
  • Analyzes the interplay between international governments, private entities, and the public in the space industry
  • Examines the U.S. space program and political climate under the Trump Administration
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About this book

This book examines the U.S. space program’s triumphs and failures in order to assess what constitutes a successful space policy. Using NASA and the space industry’s complex history as a guide, it draws global lessons about space missions and the trends we can expect from different nations in the next decade and beyond.

Space exploration has become increasingly dependent on cooperation between countries as well as the involvement of private enterprise. This book thus addresses issues such as: Given their tenuous history, can rival countries work together? Can private enterprise fill NASA’s shoes and provide the same expertise and safety standards?

Written by a former NASA Aerodynamics Officer at Houston Mission Control working on the Space Shuttle program, the second edition of this book provides updated information on U.S. space policy, including the new strategy to return to the Moon prior to traveling to Mars. Additionally, it takes a look at the formation of the Space Force as a military unit, as well as the latest developments in private industry. Overall, it is a thought-provoking resource for both space industry professionals and space enthusiasts.

About the authors

Linda Dawson received her BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and her MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from George Washington University at NASA Langley Research Center. She is a retired Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Physics and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She served as an Aerodynamics Officer for the Mission Control Center Ascent and Entry Flight Control Teams during the first space shuttle mission. During orbital phases, she served as an adviser on the impact of system failures on the orbiter's re-entry trajectory and configuration. From re-entry through touchdown, she was responsible for monitoring the orbiter's stability and control, advising the crew of any necessary corrective actions. Her engineering career also included work on space-related projects for Boeing Aerospace. Additionally, she has served on the Space Committee for the Museum of Flight Seattle. 

Since retiring from the University of Washington, Ms. Dawson has authored two books on space exploration: "The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration" (1st edition 2017), and "War in Space, the Science and Technology Behind Our Next Theater of Conflict" (2018), both with Springer.


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • The Excitement of Current & Future Space Exploration

    Pages 1-24

    Dawson, Linda

  • The New Space Race

    Pages 25-38

    Dawson, Linda

  • Commercial Interests in Outer Space

    Pages 39-66

    Dawson, Linda

  • Why Not Go Back to the Moon?

    Pages 67-82

    Dawson, Linda

  • Going to Mars

    Pages 83-111

    Dawson, Linda

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-56835-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover 29,11 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration
Book Subtitle
Who Will Compete, Who Will Dominate?
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-56835-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-56835-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-56834-4
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVII, 272
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 78 illustrations in colour
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