The International Handbook of Space Technology

  • Malcolm Macdonald
  • Viorel Badescu

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronautical Engineering book sub series (ASTROENG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Malcolm Macdonald, Pat Norris, David B. Spencer
    Pages 1-24
  3. Malcolm Macdonald
    Pages 25-36
  4. Henry B. Garrett
    Pages 37-59
  5. Malcolm Macdonald
    Pages 61-98
  6. Richard Brown, Tom Scanlon, Jason Reese
    Pages 99-115
  7. David Alexander, Neil Murphy
    Pages 117-142
  8. Vincent L. Pisacane
    Pages 143-163
  9. Christophe Bonnal, Alessandro Ciucci, Michael H. Obersteiner, Oskar Haidn
    Pages 165-195
  10. Gerard Miglioreno, Torben K. Henriksen
    Pages 197-247
  11. Mukund R. Patel
    Pages 249-277
  12. Claudio Bruno
    Pages 279-321
  13. Bong Wie, Vaios Lappas, Jesús Gil-Fernández
    Pages 323-369
  14. José Meseguer, Isabel Pérez-Grande, Angel Sanz-Andrés, Gustavo Alonso
    Pages 371-395
  15. Ali Atia, Huiwen Yao
    Pages 397-440
  16. Torbjörn Hult, Steve Parkes
    Pages 441-470
  17. Christopher Krupiarz, Annette Mirantes, Doug Reid, Adrian Hill, Roger Ward
    Pages 471-491
  18. Masamichi Yamashita, Raymond M. Wheeler
    Pages 493-514
  19. Steve Lingard, John Underwood
    Pages 515-539
  20. Kazuya Yoshida, Dragomir Nenchev, Genya Ishigami, Yuichi Tsumaki
    Pages 541-573
  21. Richard Lowe, Dan Kent, Paul Coutinho, Kevin Halsall
    Pages 575-598
  22. Gregory L. Davis, Raphael R. Some, Andrew A. Shapiro
    Pages 599-618
  23. Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Richard Crowther
    Pages 657-675
  24. Les Johnson, Jack Mulqueen
    Pages 677-683
  25. Massimiliano Vasile, Stephen Kemble, Andrea Santovincenzo, Mark Taylor
    Pages 685-713
  26. Back Matter
    Pages 715-731

About this book


This comprehensive handbook provides an overview of space technology and a holistic understanding of the system-of-systems that is a modern spacecraft.

With a foreword by Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, and contributions from globally leading agency experts from NASA, ESA, JAXA, and CNES, as well as European and North American academics and industrialists, this handbook, as well as giving an interdisciplinary overview, offers, through individual self-contained chapters, more detailed understanding of specific fields, ranging through:

·         Launch systems, structures, power, thermal, communications, propulsion, and software, to

·         entry, descent and landing, ground segment, robotics, and data systems, to

·         technology management, legal and regulatory issues, and project management.

This handbook is an equally invaluable asset to those on a career path towards the space industry as it is to those already within the industry.


Space mission Space systems design Space technology mission control mission operations space exploration spacecraft guidance spacecraft navigation spacecraft technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Malcolm Macdonald
    • 1
  • Viorel Badescu
    • 2
  1. 1.GlasgowUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Polytechnic University Bucuresti Candida Oancea Inst.BucurestiRomania

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