Three Decades to a Space Shuttle

by D. M. Wylie



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/12/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781412038638

About the Book

Three Decades to a Space Shuttle is the story of the evolution of space flight beginning with "G" force experiments in 1947 at Edwards Air Force Base. Visionary concepts followed in 1951 and an evolutionary progression to space flight eventually led to the first shuttle flight in 1981, three decades later. The expertise of the American engineering and scientific community is examined which chronologically forged new technology. Columbia's first flight in 1981 was the culmination of a series of evolutionary steps, one at a time, over thirty years. The justifications of major budget allocations are shown and the resulting benefits to world populations are discussed. The space program and Government financing of private industry led to economical stability and brought our technical and scientific capability to a level not thought possible thirty years ago. Joint cooperation between American industry and government combined with foreign competition has enhanced world business and trade. A study of the past shows us what our possibilities can be in the future and what new frontiers we may experience.

About the Author

D.M. Wylie first became interested in space exploration in the late 1940s when he was introduced to such new aircrafts as the flying wings (XB-35, YB-49), the Bell X-1, and the Rocket Sled test program at Muroc Air Base in the Mojave Desert. Military service gave him experience with guidance and control system technology and inertial navigation systems. His first job in the defense industry was with a small power supply company, building a back-up battery supply for JPL space program research. He worked in Los Angeles for a major guidance and control systems company building aircraft flight systems and test equipment. His involvement with the space shuttle program came during tenure with a major hybrid microelectronic manufacturer who, among other things, built electronic modules for the space shuttle. An engineer, wine maker, wood worker and sailor, the author - known to friends as Mike Wylie - lives with his wife, June, in Fort Collins, Colorado.