Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Thomas J. Kelly

Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module

Smithsonian Books
Publication date: January 2012
ISBN: 9781588343611
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a firsthand 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 aluminum alloy parts, and battery problems, as well as their fixes under the ever-present constraints of budget and schedule. He also recaptures the exhilaration of hearing Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong report that "The Eagle has landed," and the pride of having inadvertently provided a vital "lifeboat" for the crew of the disabled Apollo 13.

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An OK read depending on what you are after

This is not an all-encompassing historical documentation of the creation of the Apollo Lunar Module. It focuses more on the people than the technology, and more on the political play between those characters than the intricacies of design. I feel the book would have been better balanced if both of these elements were present and well constructed. It was also a bit lacking in photographic support. What photos there were, were poor quality and I was already familiar with them from elsewhere. With some tweaking this could be an excellent book.
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