|Title:||Moon lander : how we developed the Apollo Lunar Module|
|Authors:||Thomas J. Kelly|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001|
|Series:||Smithsonian history of aviation and spaceflight|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-1-56098-998-1|
|Size:||xvii, 283 p. / ill. / 24 cm|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|Subjects:||Lunar excursion module ; Manned space flight ; Project Apollo (U.S.) ; Space flight to the moon|
In 1961, only a few weeks after Alan Sheperd completed the first American suborbital flight, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The next year, NASA awarded the right to meet the extraordinary challenge of building a lunar excursion module to a small aircraft company called Grumman in Long Island, New York.
Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a first-hand account of designing, building, testing, and flying the Apollo lunar module. It was, he writes, "an aerospace engineer's dream job of the century." Kelly's account begins with the imaginative process of sketching solutions to a host of technical challenges with an emphasis on safety, reliability, and maintainability. He catalogs numerous test failures, including propulsion-system leaks, ascent-engine instability, stress corrosion of the aluminium alloy parts, and battery problems, as well as their fixes under the ever-present constraints of budget and schedule.
From researching and writing the contract-winning proposal through six successful moon landings and returns, Kelly provides a compelling look at the protean efforts of the nearly 7000 Grumman workers who together created the most important component of the first manned spaceflights.
This book received the Emme Award in 2001.
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|007902||TL875.K45 2001||Book||ISU Library||Closed-stack||Available|