Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach free download

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach free download

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach free download.

“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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“A delightful, illuminating grab bag of space-flight curiosities.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A truly funny look at the less majestic aspects of the space program…. Roach’s writing is supremely accessible, but there’s never a moment when you aren’t aware of how much research she’s done into unexplored reaches of space travel.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“An utterly fascinating account, made all the more entertaining by the author’s ever-amused tone.” (BookPage)

“An impish and adventurous writer with a gleefully inquisitive mind and stand-up comic’s timing.” (Booklist)

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Augustine’s Laws by Norman R. Augustine pdf free download

Augustine's Laws by Norman R. Augustine pdf free download

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A top chief executive looks at the complexities and conundrums of today’s business management and offers solutions. Augustine sets forth 52 laws that cover every area of business in an entertaining, informative manner.

I would not have ever expected to find myself laughing out loud, nor even smiling often while reading a book that discusses government projects and corporations who contract them. Norman Augustine provides a clear and critical insight into the corporate-government affairs world with just enough graphs and charts to make it comprehensible yet not overbearing. I found it as light reading – which is a virtue on it’s own when reading about such complex a subject.
Norm Augustine has captured the government defense aerospace industry “sprawling on a pin” for dissection. In one particularly humorous bit he points out that just when the aerospace industry’s trend to more and more expensive combat aircraft looked like it might be stalled since adding weight is anathema to aircraft — along came something expensive and weightless to fill the gap — software! This is one terrific book! Just the figure showing there is no correlation between what executives are paid and the performance of their companies is worth the price of admission.
Accurate, Funny, and informative. This book captures the real (and not so real) world of government and other large projects spot on. Having been on both sides (NASA and contractor), there be truth in this wit. Enjoy. To be appreciated, best read while sitting on a $600 toilet seat.
This is a great tongue in cheek look at the aerospace and defense industry. Anyone that has spent even a few months supporting the DoD, large contractors, and aerospace companies will appreciate this book. Each chapter has a law and is written around explaining that law. While it is humorous it is also a little scary how accurate it is. This is one of my favorite books and I quote it often!
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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson pdf free download

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson pdf free download

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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson pdf free download.

“[Tyson] tackles a great range of subjects . . . with great humor, humility, and―most important― humanity.” ―Entertainment Weekly

Loyal readers of the monthly “Universe” essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson’s favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry’s feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America’s best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.

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What would it feel like if your spaceship were to venture too close to the black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way? According to astrophysicist Tyson, director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, size does matter when it comes to black holes, although the chances of your surviving the encounter aren’t good in any case. Tyson takes readers on an exciting journey from Earth’s hot springs, where extremophiles flourish in hellish conditions, to the frozen, desolate stretches of the Oort Cloud and the universe’s farthest reaches, in both space and time. Tyson doesn’t restrict his musings to astrophysics, but wanders into related fields like relativity and particle physics, which he explains just as clearly as he does Lagrangian points, where we someday may park interplanetary filling stations. He tackles popular myths (is the sun yellow?) and takes movie directors—most notably James Cameron—to task for spectacular goofs. In the last section the author gives his take on the hot subject of intelligent design. Readers ofNatural History magazine will be familiar with many of the 42 essays collected here, while newcomers will profit from Tyson’s witty and entertaining description of being pulled apart atom by atom into a black hole, and other, closer-to-earth, and cheerier, topics. 9 illus. (Jan.)

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Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective by Brandt, Steven A.; Stiles, Randall J.; Bertin, John J.; Whitford, Ray pdf free download

Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective by Brandt, Steven A.; Stiles, Randall J.; Bertin, John J.; Whitford, Ray pdf free download

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Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective by Brandt, Steven A.; Stiles, Randall J.; Bertin, John J.; Whitford, Ray pdf free download.

The most exciting moment for an aeronautical engineer is when his or her design becomes a working aircraft, the endpoint of a journey that begins in the classroom. A required textbook for all cadets at the United States Air Force Academy, Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective shows students the methods and thought processes involved in designing aircraft. They learn through the use of specific analytical principles, practical examples, and case studies, with corresponding problems to solve. The Third Edition includes new or revised material on: Stealth; Boundary Layer Equations; Maximum Trimmable Lift Coefficient; Drag Curves; Flight Test; Aircraft Mechanisms.

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The book is an excellent asset for any newly arrived student to the subject of aerospace design…. –The Aeronautical Journal, November 2015.

The most exciting moment for an aeronautical engineer is when his or her design becomes a working aircraft, the endpoint of a journey that begins in the classroom. A required textbook for all cadets at the United States Air Force Academy, Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective shows students the methods and thought processes involved in designing aircraft. They learn through the use of specific analytical principles, practical examples, and case studies, with corresponding problems to solve. The Third Edition includes new or revised material on: Stealth; Boundary Layer Equations; Maximum Trimmable Lift Coefficient; Drag Curves; Flight Test; Aircraft Mechanisms.

About the Author

STEVEN A. BRANDT, PhD, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), is a professor of aeronautics, an engineer, and a pilot with over 3000 hours flying time in jet fighter and training aircraft and over 30 years experience as a platform instructor. He has taught the capstone aircraft design course at USAFA for 25 years and was a pioneer in the use of design/build/fly as an instructional method. He is currently leading aircraft design projects for a number of government agencies and private corporations.

 

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An introduction to the mathematics and methods of astrodynamics by Richard H. Battin pdf free download

An introduction to the mathematics and methods of astrodynamics by Richard H. Battin pdf free download

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An introduction to the mathematics and methods of astrodynamics by Richard H. Battin pdf free download.

This comprehensive text documents the fundamental theoretical developments in astrodynamics and space navigation that led to Man’s ventures into space. It includes the essential elements of celestial mechanics, spacecraft trajectories, and space navigation, as well as the history of the underlying mathematical developments.

Although “Astrodynamics” is a discipline only about 50 years old – the name is attributed to the late Samuel Herrick – it has a distinguished history. For one thing, it is a branch of celestial mechanics, whose history can be traced all the way back to Ptolemy’s “Almagest.” Along the way are found many venerable masterpieces, including Copernicus’s “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium,” Kepler’s “Harmonices Mundi,” Newton’s “Principia,” and Laplace’s “Mecanique Celeste.”
Only time will tell exactly where Richard Battin’s book fits into this pantheon, but there is no question it is an outstanding book. Actually, the book may be considered to be three books: a) a history of Apollo navigation; b) an exposition of classical celestial mechanics/astrodynamics; and c) a book on applied mathematics covering hypergeometric functions, continued fractions, and elliptic functions.
The material on Apollo navigation is fascinating, and perhaps nowhere else so easily accessible. Prior to reading Battin’s “Astrodynamics [for short]” I was somewhat familiar with this topic (I started my career with Apollo), but I discovered much that was new and fascinating. For example, I knew that optical navigation was a backup to radio navigation on Apollo, but I did not fully appreciate why. It turns out that NASA was afraid the Soviet Union would try to disrupt radio navigation in an attempt to make Apollo fail. Optical navigation would then be the backup safety-net to complete the mission. Fortunately, these fears were not realized, and Apollo was a huge success.

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Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics by Jerry Jon Sellers, William J. Astore, Robert B. Giffen, Wiley J Larson, Jerry Sellers, William Astore, Robert Giffen, Wiley Larson pdf free download

Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics by Jerry Jon Sellers, William J. Astore, Robert B. Giffen, Wiley J Larson, Jerry Sellers, William Astore, Robert Giffen, Wiley Larson pdf free download

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Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics by Jerry Jon Sellers, William J. Astore, Robert B. Giffen, Wiley J Larson, Jerry Sellers, William Astore, Robert Giffen, Wiley Larson pdf free download.

This is an introductory text in astronautics. It contains historical background and a discussion of space missions, space environment, orbits, atmospheric entry, spacecraft design, spacecraft subsystems, and space operations. It features section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations, and is extensively illustrated with many photos, figures, and examples Space law, politics,and economics This is a truly user-friendly, full-color text focused on understanding concepts and practical applications but written in a down-to-earth, engaging manner that painlessly helps you understand complex topics. It is laid out with multi-color highlights for key terms and ideas, reinforced with detailed example problems, and supported by detailed section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations.

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An excellent primer for the serious space enthusiast. The reader will need more than a passing familiarity with algebraic concepts, but this book is written in textbook format — what the heck, it IS a textbook! If anyone ever planned to launch a satellite from their own backyard, this is the book that will guide them. Want to be an engineer-physicist? Want to be an astronaut? This is the book for you –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Inside this new second edition, you’ll find:Space missions

History of space

Orbits and interplanetary trajectories

Atmospheric re-entry

Space system engineering

Spacecraft subsystems

Space operations and support

Economics of space

Satellite communications

Space law, politics,and economics This is a truly user-friendly, full-color text focused on understanding concepts and practical applications but written in a down-to-earth, engaging manner that painlessly helps you understand complex topics. It is laid out with multi-color highlights for key terms and ideas, reinforced with detailed example problems, and supported by detailed section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz free download

Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 1 3 and Beyond by Gene Kranz free download

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Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz free download.

This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 (the moon landing) and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director.

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy’s commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s.

Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers’ only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success.

A fascinating firsthand account by a veteran mission controller of one of America’s greatest achievements, Failure is Not an Option reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now.

 

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Astronomy: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier by John D. Fix pdf free download

Astronomy: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier by John D. Fix pdf free download

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Astronomy: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier by John D. Fix pdf free download.

This is a text for an introductory astronomy course. One of the main goals is to give a broad and deep enough background in astronomy so that students will be able to follow current developments in the subject years after they complete the course. This book presumes that most of its readers are not science majors and that they probably have not had a college-level science or mathematics course. It gives a complete description of current astronomical knowledge, although not at an extreme technical level nor in a way that fails to communicate the quantitative nature of physical science. Finally, the historical development of astronomy is emphasized to show that astronomy, like other sciences, advances through the efforts of many scientists, and to show how present ideas have been developed. – The book includes up-to-date results for the Mars Global Surveyor, with discussion of distant supernovas and the cosmological constant. – The free CD-ROM takes students further into the information they need to know: quizzing and animations lead the way to understanding. – New formulas and equations are presented as boxed features, so that the maths and physics involved are not ignored but made accessible through careful explanations and examples.

I have taught astronomy in high school and college for 25 years, and for the last 7 – I have used John Fix’s Astronomy. The text is clear, easy to read and does not assume a great deal from the reader in the way of advanced knowledge of physics or astronomy.

The suplemental materials and on-line interactives are first rate, and I especially like the historical perspective of the rise of Western Astronomy from across many cultures.

If I could change anything, I would add a better section on geometric optics (lens and mirror theory, ray diagrams, how a telescope and binocular work, etc.), and a more comprehensive section on Einstein’s Relativity – especially on the curvature of spacetime.

Any beginning student or instructor would do well to use this text – an excellent value. Do not however, get the edition with Starry Night software – overpriced and cumbersome. I use free planetarium software from Stellarium.org in my classes – it saves students money and works just as well.

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Understanding flight by David F Anderson; Scott Eberhardt pdf free download

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Understanding flight by David F Anderson; Scott Eberhardt pdf free download.

Discover how planes get–and stay–airborne

Now you can truly master an understanding of the phenomenon of flight. This practical guide is the most intuitive introduction to basic flight mechanics available. Understanding Flight, Second Edition, explains the principles of aeronautics in terms, descriptions, and illustrations that make sense–without complicated mathematics. Updated to include helicopter flight fundamentals and aircraft structures, this aviation classic is required reading for new pilots, students, engineers, and anyone fascinated with flight.

Understanding Flight, Second Edition, covers:

  • Physics of flight
  • Wing design and configuration
  • Stability and control
  • Propulsion
  • High-speed flight
  • Performance and safety
  • Aerodynamic testing
  • Helicopters and autogyros
  • Aircraft structures and materials

What are you looking for?

This book is written by very accomplished aeronautical industry/academic professionals. Do you want their insights? Or, do you want their formulae?

Many want the formulae, but I wanted the insights. And that is exactly what this book provides.

If you are looking for a fresh, experienced, and non-dogmatic view of the principles of flight then this is the book for you.

You’ll get it as soon as you get through about 20 pages. This isn’t your sad physics teacher’s regurgitation text on flight. It is real and begins to point light on lift and aerodynamics for those of a more philosophically curious nature.

Simple, straight-forward, and with the gravity of experience. Excellent.

 

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Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurements, and Performance by Pratap Misra, Per Enge pdf free download

Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurements, and Performance by Pratap Misra, Per Enge pdf free download

 

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Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurements, and Performance by Pratap Misra, Per Enge pdf free download.

The second edition of this widely praised book offers a comprehensive introduction to GPS: the system, signals, receivers, measurements, and algorithms for estimation of position, velocity, and time. It is intended as a textbook for a senior- or graduate-level engineering course and a self-study guide for practicing engineers.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I introduces the basic framework for a global navigation satellite system, including coordinate frames, time references, and satellite orbits, and provides an overview of GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. Part II describes the fruits of GPS: estimation of position, velocity, and time. Part III discusses the ingenious structure of the GPS signals. Part IV introduces the signal processing steps required to extract the necessary measurements from these signals, and explores the challenges posed by signal blockage and RFI.

This is a great book if you are beginning to study GNSS in general. The way the authors explain several GPS parts is really simple and can give the reader a true insight into the heart of the system itself. I highly recommend reading this book first before going into other books that deal with much more specialized aspects from GPS or GNSS in general.

About the Author

Pratap Misra, Ph.D., is a Senior Staff Member at Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation (ION) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Per Enge, Ph.D., is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Center for Position, Navigation,and Time. Winner of the Institute of Navigation’s Kepler award in 2000 for “sustained and significant contributions to satellite navigation,” he is an ION Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS Hall of Fame.

 

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