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The Bomber Mafia - A Story Set In War (Paperback): Malcolm Gladwell The Bomber Mafia - A Story Set In War (Paperback)
Malcolm Gladwell
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The international bestselling author returns with an exploration of one of the grandest obsessions of the twentieth century.

In the years before the Second World War, in a sleepy air force base in central Alabama, a small group of renegade pilots put forth a radical idea. What if we made bombing so accurate that wars could be fought entirely from the air? What if we could make the brutal clashes between armies on the ground a thing of the past? This book tells the story of what happened when that dream was put to the test.

The Bomber Mafia follows the stories of a reclusive Dutch genius and his homemade computer, Winston Churchill's forbidding best friend, a team of pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard, a brilliant pilot who sang vaudeville tunes to his crew, and the bomber commander, Curtis Emerson LeMay, who would order the bloodiest attack of the Second World War.

In this tale of innovation and obsession, Gladwell asks: what happens when technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war? And what is the price of progress?

Wings Over Water - The Story Of The World's Greatest Air Race And The Birth Of The Spitfire (Paperback): Jonathan Glancey Wings Over Water - The Story Of The World's Greatest Air Race And The Birth Of The Spitfire (Paperback)
Jonathan Glancey
R285 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R76 (27%) In stock

Announced in 1912, the Schneider Trophy was a series of glamorous air contests, popularly known as races, that captivated both sides of the Atlantic. While there were many other aviation competitions, the Schneider proved to be, after a rocky start, by far the most memorable attracting a hugely popular and glamorous following whether Trophy races were held in Monaco, the Venice Lido, the Solent or Chesapeake Bay. The Schneider Trophy was a focus not just of remarkable aircraft, derring-do pilots and swooning public attention, but also of fierce rivalries between the competitors: Britain, France, Italy and the United States.

It gripped the imaginations of pioneering manufacturers and two of the world's finest aircraft designers - Reginald Mitchell and Mario Castoldi - who worked feverishly hard to outdo one another. Perhaps inevitably, the dynamism of rival engineering and politics led to the most potent military fighters of World War Two with Reginald Mitchell's record-breaking Supermarine seaplanes morphing, one way or another, into the Spitfire.

Wings Over Water not only tells the story of the Schneider Trophy afresh but also examines the backdrop and legacy of these legendary air races, which became a driver and celebration of speed and engineering prowess for both sea and ground-based aircraft. It is an exhilarating tale of raw adventure, public excitement, engineering genius and the fortunes of flying boats and seaplanes.

Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut (Paperback): Samantha Cristoforetti Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut (Paperback)
Samantha Cristoforetti
R398 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R50 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Beyond - The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space (Hardcover): Stephen Walker Beyond - The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space (Hardcover)
Stephen Walker
R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Thrilling ... High-definition history: tight, thrilling and beautifully researched' SUNDAY TIMES 'This book is a triumph' DAN SNOW 9.07 a.m., April 12, 1961. A top-secret rocket site in the USSR. A young Russian sits inside a tiny capsule on top of the Soviet Union's most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile - originally designed to carry a nuclear warhead - and blasts into the skies. His name is Yuri Gagarin and he is about to make history. Travelling at almost 18,000 miles per hour - ten times faster than a rifle bullet - Gagarin circles the globe in just 106 minutes. While his launch begins in total secrecy, within hours of his landing he has become a world celebrity - the first human to leave the planet. Beyond tells the thrilling story behind that epic flight on its sixtieth anniversary. It happened at the height of the Cold War as the US and USSR confronted each other across an Iron Curtain. Both superpowers took enormous risks to get a man into space first - the Americans in the full glare of the media, the Soviets under deep cover. Both trained their teams of astronauts to the edges of the endurable. In the end the race between them would come down to the wire. Drawing on extensive original research and the vivid testimonies of eyewitnesses, many of whom have never spoken before, Stephen Walker unpacks secrets that were hidden for decades and takes the reader into the drama - featuring the scientists, engineers and political leaders on both sides, and above all the American astronauts and their Soviet rivals battling for supremacy in the heavens.

Merlin - The Power Behind the Spitfire, Mosquito and Lancaster: the Story of the Engine That Won the Battle of Britain and WWII... Merlin - The Power Behind the Spitfire, Mosquito and Lancaster: the Story of the Engine That Won the Battle of Britain and WWII (Paperback)
Graham Hoyland
R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The most iconic planes of WWII, the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, DeHavilland Mosquito and the Avro Lancaster, were all powered by one engine, the Rolls-Royce Merlin. The story of the Merlin is one of British ingenuity at its height, of artistry and problem-solving that resulted in a war-winning design. Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain, Merlin is the extraordinary story of the development of the Rolls-Royce engine that would stop Hitler from invading Britain and carry the war to the very heart of Germany. The story of the Merlin engine encompasses the history of powered flight, from the ingenuity of the Wright Brothers to the horrors of World War I, and from the first crossing of the Atlantic to the heady days of flying in the 1920s. There is also the extraordinary story of the Schneider Trophy - an international contest wherein nations poised on the precipice of war competed for engineering excellence in the name of progress. And at the heart of this story are the glamourous lives of the pilots, many of whom died in their pursuit of speed; the engineers, like Henry Royce of Rolls-Royce, who sketched the engine that would win WWII in the sand of his local beach; and perhaps most importantly the Lady Lucy Houston who after the Wall Street Crash singlehandedly funded the development of the engine and the iconic Spitfire. Never was so much owed by so many to so few - and without the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the few would have been powerless.

Lunar Outfitters - Making the Apollo Space Suit (Hardcover): Bill Ayrey Lunar Outfitters - Making the Apollo Space Suit (Hardcover)
Bill Ayrey
R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The design processes behind a giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong in a space suit on the moon remains an iconic representation of America's technological ingenuity. Few know that the Model A-7L pressure suit worn by the Apollo 11 astronauts, and the Model A-7LB that replaced it in 1971, originated at ILC Industries (now ILC Dover, LP), an obscure Delaware industrial firm.Longtime ILC space suit test engineer Bill Ayrey draws on original files and photographs to tell the dramatic story of the company's role in the Apollo Program. Though respected for its early designs, ILC failed to win NASA's faith. When the government called for new suit concepts in 1965, ILC had to plead for consideration before NASA gave it a mere six weeks to come up with a radically different design. ILC not only met the deadline but won the contract. That underdog success led to its greatest challenge: winning a race against time to create a suit that would determine the success or failure of the Apollo missions-and life or death for the astronauts. A fascinating behind-the-scenes history of a vital component of the space program, Lunar Outfitters goes inside the suit that made it possible for human beings to set foot on the Moon.

Test Gods - Tragedy and Triumph in the New Space Race (Paperback): Nicholas Schmidle Test Gods - Tragedy and Triumph in the New Space Race (Paperback)
Nicholas Schmidle
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Meet the astronauts leading the way to a new world of space travel. 'Masterly' New York Times 'Riveting' Scott Kelly 'Remarkable' The Times __ When Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, his goal was simple: to offer paying customers a trip to space by the end of the decade. Seventeen years, countless delays, and one catastrophic crash later, his space tourism dream may finally be on the verge of becoming a reality. New Yorker journalist Nicholas Schmidle knows that story intimately. He spent nearly four years embedded with Virgin Galactic at its California hangar, meeting the individuals working to make commercial space travel possible. Now, Schmidle offers the definitive account of life inside the new space race. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with Virgin's lead test pilot, Mark Stucky, Test Gods describes the making of a modern astronaut. Schmidle recounts Stucky's life - from starry-eyed youth to NASA, the Air Force, and Virgin Galactic; and through dozens of gruelling test flights to his first successful trip beyond the earth's atmosphere. Along the way, we meet the colourful cast of engineers, executives and mechanics battling to take Virgin to space. There's Branson, who emerges as an excitable if overoptimistic evangelist for commercial space travel. There's Mike Moses, Virgin Galactic's grounded, unflappable president. And there's Mike Alsbury, the pilot whose momentary miscalculation sends his aircraft crashing into the Mojave Desert - making him one of the first casualties of the new space race. The result is a compelling examination of the inner lives of a new generation of astronauts. Theirs is a world where the line between lunacy and genius is blurred, and where no sacrifice is too great in pursuit of the dream of space travel. __ 'Adventure in its purest form - rich with risk, courage and friendships.' Bear Grylls 'A hurtling narrative . . . A fitting twenty-first-century sequel to The Right Stuff.' Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing and Empire of Pain 'So exciting. A new generation with The Right Stuff.' Dan Snow

The Bomber Mafia - A Story Set in War (Hardcover): Malcolm Gladwell The Bomber Mafia - A Story Set in War (Hardcover)
Malcolm Gladwell
R522 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A parable written for the age of technological disruption . . . brilliantly told' Sunday Times The international bestselling author returns with an exploration of one of the grandest obsessions of the twentieth century 'The Bomber Mafia is a case study in how dreams go awry. When some shiny new idea drops from the heavens, it does not land softly in our laps. It lands hard, on the ground, and shatters.' In the years before the Second World War, in a sleepy air force base in central Alabama, a small group of renegade pilots put forth a radical idea. What if we made bombing so accurate that wars could be fought entirely from the air? What if we could make the brutal clashes between armies on the ground a thing of the past? This book tells the story of what happened when that dream was put to the test. The Bomber Mafia follows the stories of a reclusive Dutch genius and his homemade computer, Winston Churchill's forbidding best friend, a team of pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard, a brilliant pilot who sang vaudeville tunes to his crew, and the bomber commander, Curtis Emerson LeMay, who would order the bloodiest attack of the Second World War. In this tale of innovation and obsession, Gladwell asks: what happens when technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war? And what is the price of progress?

Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars - Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth (Paperback): Kate Greene Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars - Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth (Paperback)
Kate Greene
R336 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Aviation Maintenance Management (Hardcover): Harry A. Kinnison, Kinnison Aviation Maintenance Management (Hardcover)
Harry A. Kinnison, Kinnison
R1,486 Discovery Miles 14 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The History of Human Space Flight (Hardcover): Ted Spitzmiller The History of Human Space Flight (Hardcover)
Ted Spitzmiller
R902 R843 Discovery Miles 8 430 Save R59 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Highlighting men and women across the globe who have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of space exploration, this book surveys the programs, technological advancements, medical equipment, and automated systems that have made space travel possible. This is the complete story of manned space flight. Beginning with the eighteenth-century invention of balloons that lifted early explorers into the stratosphere, Ted Spitzmiller describes how humans first came to employ lifting gasses such as hydrogen and helium. He traces the influence of nineteenth-century science fiction writers on the development of rocket science, looks at the role of rocket societies in the early twentieth century, and discusses the use of rockets in World War II warfare. Moving into the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War era, Spitzmiller outlines the engineering and space medicine advances that finally enabled humans to fly beyond the earth's atmosphere. He recreates the excitement felt around the world at the first orbital flights of Yuri Gagarin and John Glenn. He recounts triumphs such as Neil Armstrong's "one small step" and tragedies such as the Challenger and Columbia disasters. The story enters the present day with the development of the International Space Station, NASA's interest in asteroids and Mars, and the emergence of China as a major player in the space arena. Spitzmiller shows the impact of space flight on human history and speculates on the future of exploration beyond our current understandings of physics and the known boundaries of time and space.

Merlin - The Power Behind the Spitfire, Mosquito and Lancaster: the Story of the Engine That Won the Battle of Britain and WWII... Merlin - The Power Behind the Spitfire, Mosquito and Lancaster: the Story of the Engine That Won the Battle of Britain and WWII (Hardcover)
Graham Hoyland
R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The most iconic planes of WWII, the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, DeHavilland Mosquito and the Avro Lancaster, were all powered by one engine, the Rolls-Royce Merlin. The story of the Merlin is one of British ingenuity at its height, of artistry and problem-solving that resulted in a war-winning design. Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain, Merlin is the extraordinary story of the development of the Rolls-Royce engine that would stop Hitler from invading Britain and carry the war to the very heart of Germany. The story of the Merlin engine encompasses the history of powered flight, from the ingenuity of the Wright Brothers to the horrors of World War I, and from the first crossing of the Atlantic to the heady days of flying in the 1920s. There is also the extraordinary story of the Schneider Trophy - an international contest wherein nations poised on the precipice of war competed for engineering excellence in the name of progress. And at the heart of this story are the glamourous lives of the pilots, many of whom died in their pursuit of speed; the engineers, like Henry Royce of Rolls-Royce, who sketched the engine that would win WWII in the sand of his local beach; and perhaps most importantly the Lady Lucy Houston who after the Wall Street Crash singlehandedly funded the development of the engine and the iconic Spitfire. Never was so much owed by so many to so few - and without the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the few would have been powerless.

Jet Man - The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution (Paperback): Duncan Campbell-Smith Jet Man - The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution (Paperback)
Duncan Campbell-Smith
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The story of Frank Whittle - RAF pilot, mathematician of genius, inventor of the jet engine and British hero.In 1929, a twenty-two-year-old maverick named Frank Whittle - a self-taught aeronautical obsessive and risk-takingly brilliant RAF pilot - presented a blueprint for a revolutionary, jet-powered aircraft engine to the Air Ministry. His idea had the potential to change the course of history, but it was summarily rejected. In this gripping and insightful biography, Duncan Campbell-Smith charts Whittle's stoic efforts to build his jet engine in the interwar years, blocked by bureaucratic opposition until 1939, and only gaining true recognition after the Second World War, when his aeronautical dreams became a reality and Britain enjoyed a golden age of jet-powered flight. Praise for Jet Man: 'Wonderful at evoking Whittle's extraordinary creative ideas, his mathematical ability, his charm, the support he received, his lack of political nous, as well as the sometimes appalling treatment he received' David Edgerton, TLS 'A long overdue corrective of an extraordinary man' James Hamilton-Paterson 'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle and his revolutionary invention' Leo McKinstry

Thermodynamics - Concepts and Applications (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Stephen R Turns, Laura L. Pauley Thermodynamics - Concepts and Applications (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Stephen R Turns, Laura L. Pauley
R1,813 Discovery Miles 18 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Fully revised to match the more traditional sequence of course materials, this full-color second edition presents the basic principles and methods of thermodynamics using a clear and engaging style and a wealth of end-of-chapter problems. It includes five new chapters on topics such as mixtures, psychrometry, chemical equilibrium, and combustion, and discussion of the Second Law of Thermodynamics has been expanded and divided into two chapters, allowing instructors to introduce the topic using either the cycle analysis in Chapter 6 or the definition of entropy in Chapter 7. Online ancillaries including a password-protected solutions manual, figures in electronic format, prepared PowerPoint lecture slides, and instructional videos are available.

Flying Legends 2022 - 16-Month Calendar - September 2021 through December 2022 (Calendar): John M. Dibbs Flying Legends 2022 - 16-Month Calendar - September 2021 through December 2022 (Calendar)
John M. Dibbs; Editors of Rock Point
R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Relive the style, might, and glory of classic air warfare with Flying Legends 2022, a 16-month wall calendar featuring 13 full-color images of classic warplanes in flight! Take to the skies with the legendary warbirds pictured in this stunning calendar. With a handy page that shows the months of September, October, November, and December 2021, followed by individual pages for the months of 2022, each photo is accompanied by all the fun-to-memorize stats for each plane, including its ceiling, its bombload, and the powerplant where it was built. The 17" x 12" calendar images are the perfect size for framing, so when 2022 comes to an end, you can continue to admire these mighty warplanes. This is a great gift for the history nut, military buff, or veteran in your life. From launch to landing, Flying Legends 2022 will have you feeling sky-high all year!

Rocketeers - How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space (Paperback): Michael... Rocketeers - How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space (Paperback)
Michael P. Belfiore
R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On June 21, 2004, "SpaceShipOne," built by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, entered space and ushered in the commercial space age. Investment capital began to pour into the new commercial spaceflight industry. Richard Branson's "VirginGalactic" will begin ferrying space tourists out of the atmosphere in 2010. Las Vegas hotelier Robert Bigelow is developing the world's first commercial space station (i.e., space hotel). These space entrepreneurs, including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, now see space as the next big thing.

In "Rocketeers," Michael Belfiore goes behind the scenes of this nascent industry, capturing its wild-west, anything-goes flavor. Likening his research to "hanging out in the Wright brothers' barn," Belfiore offers an inspiring and entertaining look at the people who are not afraid to make their bold dreams a reality.

Aircraft Flight - A description of the physical principles of aircraft flight (Paperback, 4th edition): D.R. Philpott, R.H.... Aircraft Flight - A description of the physical principles of aircraft flight (Paperback, 4th edition)
D.R. Philpott, R.H. Barnard
R1,694 Discovery Miles 16 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Aircraft Flight provides accurate physical, rather than mathematical, descriptions of the principles of aircraft flight. This popular text gives mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering students a useful introduction to the subject. The fourth edition has been updated to include important recent developments such as unmanned air vehicles and the low orbit space-plane.

Aviation Internet Directory: A Guide to the 500 Best Web Sites (Paperback, 4th ed): John Merry Aviation Internet Directory: A Guide to the 500 Best Web Sites (Paperback, 4th ed)
John Merry
R628 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R102 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Quotes:

The critics raved about the authors previous edition:

A real time saver. Catalogs the best aviation Web sites . . . giving clever descriptions and evaluation.

Flying magazine

An excellent sampling of cyber information resources for pilots.

Plane & Pilot magazine

John Merry narrowed the field down to the best of the best to save you search time when browsing for aviation topics. (Yes, AOPAs site [www.aopa.org] made the cut).

AOPA Pilot

Fly Straight to Aviations Best Web Sites!

Pilot John Merry, author of the highly acclaimed 200 Best Aviation Web Sites and 300 Best Aviation Web Sites is back with Aviation Internet Directory: A Guide to 500 Best Aviation Web Sites! And hes done his homework.

Johns thousands of hours researching aviation Web sites-- so you dont have to--takes you straight to the best. This directory steers you through the jungle of online aviation information to the quality sites that everyone in aviation will find useful and fascinating.

You dont have to be a master Web-surfer to use this book: simple, clear instructions for online beginners are provided. Youll find exact addresses for the most useful and interesting aviation sites, helpful descriptions and quality ratings plus e-mail contacts. The listings are organized in nine helpful categories, including:


* Aviation Organizations
* Weather Sites
* Pilot Resources
* Sales and Employment
* Magazines and News
* Weather Sites

Find those hidden gems, not easily found in search listings. Skip ultra-slow sites or those with unexpected fees and membership requirements. Know before you log on whether a site is worth your time. Unlock the wealth of great online aviation information with the Aviation Internet Directory and fly direct to the most desirable destinations in cyberspace.

Picturing the Space Shuttle - The Early Years (Hardcover): John Bisney, J. L. Pickering Picturing the Space Shuttle - The Early Years (Hardcover)
John Bisney, J. L. Pickering
R926 R756 Discovery Miles 7 560 Save R170 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rare views of the beginnings of a historic space programAfter the excitement of the first Moon landing, the U.S. space program took an ambitious new direction closer to home: NASA's Space Shuttle program promised frequent access to Earth orbit for medical and scientific breakthroughs; deploying, repairing and maintaining satellites; and assembling a space station. Picturing the Space Shuttle is the first photographic history of the program's early years as the world's first space plane debuted. Showcasing over 450 unpublished and lesser-known images, this book traces the growth of the Space Shuttle from 1965 to 1982, from initial concept through its first four space flights. The photographs offer windows into designing the first reusable space vehicle as well as the construction and testing of the prototype shuttle Enterprise. They also show the factory assembly and delivery of the Space Shuttle Columbia, preparations at the major NASA field centers, and astronaut selection and training. Finally, the book devotes a chapter to each of the first four orbital missions, STS-1 through STS-4, providing an abundance of seldom seen photos for each flight. Mostly selected from J. L. Pickering's personal archive, the world's largest private collection of U.S. human space flight images, the high-quality photographs in this book are paired with veteran journalist John Bisney's detailed descriptions and historical background information. The book also includes images of NASA and Shuttle contractor booklets, manuals, access badges, and press kits, as well as a foreword by Robert Crippen, the pilot of the first Space Shuttle flight. Picturing the Space Shuttle recreates the excitement of an era in which the possibilities of space exploration seemed limitless.

Engineering Analysis of Flight Vehicles (Paperback, New edition): Holt Ashley Engineering Analysis of Flight Vehicles (Paperback, New edition)
Holt Ashley
R495 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R70 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Excellent graduate-level text explores virtually every important subject in the fields of subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics and dynamics, and demonstrates how they interface with and complement one another in atmospheric flight vehicle design. Broad selection of helpful problems at the end of each chapter. Bibliography. "A fine book..."-Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal. 1974 edition.

Flow Control Techniques and Applications (Hardcover): Jinjun Wang, Li-Hao Feng Flow Control Techniques and Applications (Hardcover)
Jinjun Wang, Li-Hao Feng
R2,513 Discovery Miles 25 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Providing comprehensive coverage, this is the first book to systematically introduce different flow control techniques. With a dedicated chapter for each technique, all of the most important, typical and up-to-date methods are discussed, including the vortex generator, biological techniques, the jet and synthetic jet, the plasma actuator, and closed-loop control. Understand their key characteristics and control mechanisms, and learn about their applications in different fields such as aviation and aerospace, mechanical engineering, and building construction. The necessary background on flow control is provided, including the history of the discipline, and the definition, classification and development of each technique, making this essential reading for graduate students, researchers and engineers working in the field.

Test Gods - Tragedy and Triumph in the New Space Race (Hardcover): Nicholas Schmidle Test Gods - Tragedy and Triumph in the New Space Race (Hardcover)
Nicholas Schmidle
R536 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Meet the astronauts leading the way to a new world of space travel. 'Masterly' New York Times 'Riveting' Scott Kelly 'Remarkable' The Times __ When Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, his goal was simple: to offer paying customers a trip to space by the end of the decade. Seventeen years, countless delays, and one catastrophic crash later, his space tourism dream may finally be on the verge of becoming a reality. New Yorker journalist Nicholas Schmidle knows that story intimately. He spent nearly four years embedded with Virgin Galactic at its California hangar, meeting the individuals working to make commercial space travel possible. Now, Schmidle offers the definitive account of life inside the new space race. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with Virgin's lead test pilot, Mark Stucky, Test Gods describes the making of a modern astronaut. Schmidle recounts Stucky's life - from starry-eyed youth to NASA, the Air Force, and Virgin Galactic; and through dozens of gruelling test flights to his first successful trip beyond the earth's atmosphere. Along the way, we meet the colourful cast of engineers, executives and mechanics battling to take Virgin to space. There's Branson, who emerges as an excitable if overoptimistic evangelist for commercial space travel. There's Mike Moses, Virgin Galactic's grounded, unflappable president. And there's Mike Alsbury, the pilot whose momentary miscalculation sends his aircraft crashing into the Mojave Desert - making him one of the first casualties of the new space race. The result is a compelling examination of the inner lives of a new generation of astronauts. Theirs is a world where the line between lunacy and genius is blurred, and where no sacrifice is too great in pursuit of the dream of space travel. __ 'Adventure in its purest form - rich with risk, courage and friendships.' Bear Grylls 'A hurtling narrative . . . A fitting twenty-first-century sequel to The Right Stuff.' Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing and Empire of Pain 'So exciting. A new generation with The Right Stuff.' Dan Snow

Aerodynamics for Engineers (Hardcover, 6th Revised edition): John J. Bertin, Russell M. Cummings Aerodynamics for Engineers (Hardcover, 6th Revised edition)
John J. Bertin, Russell M. Cummings
R1,993 Discovery Miles 19 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Now reissued by Cambridge University Press, this sixth edition covers the fundamentals of aerodynamics using clear explanations and real-world examples. Aerodynamics concept boxes throughout showcase real-world applications, chapter objectives provide readers with a better understanding of the goal of each chapter and highlight the key 'take-home' concepts, and example problems aid understanding of how to apply core concepts. Coverage also includes the importance of aerodynamics to aircraft performance, applications of potential flow theory to aerodynamics, high-lift military airfoils, subsonic compressible transformations, and the distinguishing characteristics of hypersonic flow. Supported online by a solutions manual for instructors, MATLAB (R) files for example problems, and lecture slides for most chapters, this is an ideal textbook for undergraduates taking introductory courses in aerodynamics, and for graduates taking preparatory courses in aerodynamics before progressing to more advanced study.

Clouds and Climate - Climate Science's Greatest Challenge (Hardcover): A. Pier Siebesma, Sandrine Bony, Christian Jakob,... Clouds and Climate - Climate Science's Greatest Challenge (Hardcover)
A. Pier Siebesma, Sandrine Bony, Christian Jakob, Bjorn Stevens
R1,682 Discovery Miles 16 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Cloud research is a rapidly developing branch of climate science that's vital to climate modelling. With new observational and simulation technologies our knowledge of clouds and their role in the warming climate is accelerating. This book provides a comprehensive overview of research on clouds and their role in our present and future climate, covering theoretical, observational, and modelling perspectives. Part I discusses clouds from three different perspectives: as particles, light and fluid. Part II describes our capability to model clouds, ranging from theoretical conceptual models to applied parameterised representations. Part III describes the interaction of clouds with the large-scale circulation in the tropics, mid-latitudes, and polar regions. Part IV describes how clouds are perturbed by aerosols, the land-surface, and global warming. Each chapter contains end-of-chapter exercises and further reading sections, making this an ideal resource for advanced students and researchers in climatology, atmospheric science, meteorology, and climate change.

Rocket Propulsion (Hardcover): Stephen D. Heister, William E. Anderson, Timothee L. Pourpoint, R. Joseph Cassady Rocket Propulsion (Hardcover)
Stephen D. Heister, William E. Anderson, Timothee L. Pourpoint, R. Joseph Cassady
R1,613 R1,482 Discovery Miles 14 820 Save R131 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A modern pedagogical treatment of the latest industry trends in rocket propulsion, developed from the authors' extensive experience in both industry and academia. Students are guided along a step-by-step journey through modern rocket propulsion, beginning with the historical context and an introduction to top-level performance measures, and progressing on to in-depth discussions of the chemical aspects of fluid flow combustion thermochemistry and chemical equilibrium, solid, liquid, and hybrid rocket propellants, mission requirements, and an overview of electric propulsion. With a wealth of homework problems (and a solutions manual for instructors online), real-life case studies and examples throughout, and an appendix detailing key numerical methods and links to additional online resources, this is a must-have guide for senior and first year graduate students looking to gain a thorough understanding of the topic along with practical tools that can be applied in industry.

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