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Introduction

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031774
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038551 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0001
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This introductory chapter sets out the purposes of this book, which is to address the question: How could the United States have advanced so rapidly from the relatively primitive rocket technology available on a small scale in the mid-1950s to the almost routine access to space available by the 1980s? It also traces the convoluted technological trajectory from Robert H. Goddard's imaginative but problem-prone early rockets to the huge Saturn V and the complex space shuttle, among other launch vehicles. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: United States; rocket technology; Robert H. Goddard; Saturn V; space shuttle

Chapter.  3900 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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