Space Exploration

Discovering the Cosmos with Small Spacecraft

The American Explorer Program

Authors: Harvey, Brian

  • Presents the history of the Explorer program of small American scientific satellites
  • Outlines Explorer's pioneering studies in a number of scientific disciplines, narrating the story of how these satellites improved our knowledge of near-Earth space, the interrelationship between the Sun and Earth, and astronomy at wavelengths impossible to study from the surface of Earth
  • Brings together space science, spacecraft design, the personalities involved, the rockets (Juno, Scout, Delta etc), the infrastructure, the management, and the dissemination process in one comprehensively informative package of Explorer program history
  • Compares and contrasts the Explorer program with other contemporaneous programs of scientific satellites
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Explorer was the original American space program and Explorer 1 its first satellite, launched in 1958. Sixty years later, it is the longest continuously running space program in the world, demonstrating to the world how we can explore the cosmos with small spacecraft. Almost a hundred Explorers have already been launched. 

Explorers have made some of the fundamental discoveries of the Space Age. Explorer 1 discovered Earth’s radiation belts. Later Explorers surveyed the Sun, the X-ray and ultraviolet universes, black holes, magnetars and gamma ray bursts. An Explorer found the remnant of the Big Bang. One Explorer chased and was the first to intercept a comet.

The program went through a period of few launches during the crisis of funding for space science in the 1980s. However, with the era of ‘faster, cheaper, better,’ the program was reinvented, and new exiting missions began to take shape, like Swift and the asteroid hunter WISE. 

Discovering the Cosmos with Small Spacecraft gives an account of each mission and its discoveries. It breaks down the program into its main periods of activity and examines the politics and debate on the role of small spacecraft in space science.  It introduces the launchers (Juno, Thor, etc.), the launch centers, the ground centers and key personalities like James Van Allen who helped develop and run the spacecraft’s exciting programs.

About the authors

Brian Harvey is a writer and broadcaster on spaceflight, with his first articles dating back to the early 1970s. He has written for Spaceflight, Orbit, Astronomy & Space, Hibernia, Quest, Astronomy Now and the Irish Independent. He has broadcast on the BBC World Service and contributed to television programs in Denmark (closed life support systems) and Australia (Japanese space program). His first book was Race into Space (Ellis Horwood,1988), a history of the Soviet space program. This was followed by other books for Praxis on the Russian space program, including the most recent Russian Space Probes, coauthored by Olga Zakutnyaya. 
Harvey has written three histories of the Chinese space program, with one currently awaiting publication, and has also written histories of the European, Japanese and Indian space programs. He contributed a chapter to Dominic Phelan's Space Sleuths book, and most recently, a chapter on the Cosmos 5 mission was published in the Yuri Galperin 80 years memorial volume by the Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

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eBook 29,74 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discovering the Cosmos with Small Spacecraft
Book Subtitle
The American Explorer Program
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68140-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68140-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-68138-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 284
Number of Illustrations and Tables
58 b/w illustrations, 73 illustrations in colour
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