Satellite Author:Erik Bergaust, William Beller This is a very interesting book for anyone studying the history and development of early spaceflight, and is deeply rooted in the state of technology in the mid-1950s regarding practical spaceflight. — At the time of publication, man's exploration of space poised to begin. The United States had made its startling announcement that it planned to l... more »aunch small objects into space, and many people want to know: What are these objects? How will they work? What will they do? And how will they affect my life?
In this highly informative book, published in 1956, the authors address these questions with complete and accurate information on what is about to take place. Written in clear and simple language, the authors enable the reader to understand the facts and to share the excitement about the bold and daring project of entering into space.
The authors, both highly qualified and intimately involved in the satellite program, outline in detail some of the things they expect the first satellites to tell us, from facts about the moon and near planets and sun, to the possibility of predicting weather accurately, to the deepening of our understanding of the atmosphere, to new information about cosmic rays and how they affect our lives.
Erik Bergaust is rocket and missile editor of American Aviation and a guided missile consultant for several engineering and aircraft companies, and has worked as a project engineer in rocket propellant research.
William Beller is managing editor of Aero Digest, holds several degrees in aeronautical engineering, and is an expert in aerodynamics and aeronautical design.
The book's preface is written by Hermann Oberth, the famed German rocketry pioneer considered to be one of the foremost authorities on rocketry and travel into outer space.« less