Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a firsthand account of designing, building, testing, and flying the Apollo lunar module. It was, he writes, aan aerospace engineeras dream job of the century.a Kellyas 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 11as Neil Armstrong report that aThe Eagle has landed, a and the pride of having inadvertently provided a vital alifeboata for the crew of the disabled Apollo 13. From the Hardcover edition.From the Hardcover edition.
|Author||:||Thomas J. Kelly|
|Publisher||:||Smithsonian Institution - 2012-01-11|