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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

NASA Spaceflight

A History of Innovation

Editors: Launius, Roger D., McCurdy, Howard E. (Eds.)

  • Provides the first-ever comprehensive history of NASA innovation 
  • Features leading experts on aerospace history, the history of technology, and space policy
  • Offers numerous case studies showing how NASA has used partnerships, competition, and cost-sharing to encourage innovation and restrain costs
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About this book

This book presents the first comprehensive history of innovation at NASA, bringing together experts in the field to illuminate how public-private and international partnerships have fueled new ways of exploring space since the beginning of space travel itself. Twelve case studies trace the messy, risky history of such partnerships, exploring the role of AT&T in the early development of satellite technology, the connections between the Apollo program and Silicon Valley, the rise of SpaceX, and more. Some of these projects have succeeded, and some have failed; all have challenged conventional methods of doing the public’s business in space. Together, these essays offer new insights into how innovation happens, with invaluable lessons for policymakers, investors, economists, and members of the space community.

About the authors

Roger D. Launius has written or edited more than thirty books on aerospace history, most recently Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce (2014), and Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned (2013).
Howard E. McCurdy is Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA. He is the author of numerous works on the national space program, including Inside NASA (1993), Faster, Better, Cheaper (2001), and Space and the American Imagination (rev. ed. 2011).

Reviews

“This book offers an amazingly comprehensive, exquisitely detailed history of our space program, told in a series of programmatic vignettes. Launius and McCrudy have done a masterful job of pulling together a narrative that touches on technology milestones and decision points that shaped our nation’s past and pending future in space. It is especially noteworthy in that key technology developments are discussed in the broader context of national policy, highlighting not only the engineering considerations, but also the sometimes larger-than-life personalities behind some of our space program’s greatest accomplishments. It should be required reading for all students of aerospace history and space policy.” (Mark J. Lewis, Director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, Institute for Defense Analyses, USA)

“This book is a virtual singularity. Launius and McCurdy are the gold standard of space history and space policy scholarship, and they have assembled a notable group of historians and policy analysts to trace NASA’s role in the development of high technology. They offer fascinating commentary on what has been done to date, as well as an indispensable reference for managers, administrators, and practitioners planning the next stage in America’s space enterprise. Pointing to future trends in aerospace policy and scholarship, it will be an authority for decades to come.” (Richard P. Hallion, Florida Polytechnic University, USA)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Partnerships for Innovation

    Launius, Roger D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-32

  • The Origins and Flagship Project of NASA’s International Program: The Ariel Case Study

    Callahan, Angelina Long

    Pages 33-55

  • Global Instantaneous Telecommunications and the Development of Satellite Technology

    Launius, Roger D.

    Pages 57-87

  • The Other Side of Moore’s Law: The Apollo Guidance Computer, the Integrated Circuit, and the Microelectronics Revolution, 1962–1975

    Ceruzzi, Paul E.

    Pages 89-127

  • NASA’s Mission Control Center: The Space Program’s Capitol as Innovative Capital

    Karafantis, Layne

    Pages 129-154

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60113-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60112-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
NASA Spaceflight
Book Subtitle
A History of Innovation
Editors
  • Roger D. Launius
  • Howard E. McCurdy
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60113-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60113-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60112-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 402
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour
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