Into the Black: The electrifying true story of how the


Into the Black: The electrifying true story of how the first flight of the Space Shuttle nearly ended in disaster Really enjoyed this Nicely written, well researched, and I rattled through it quickly.He covers the development of the Shuttle right from the start during Apollo up to its first flight, with a brief appendix about its subsequent problems as well as a few brief mentions of the Soviet shuttle Buran This is mainly told through the eyes of its first two astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen, as well as Crippen s other Air Force colleagues, especially Dick Truly He takes the time to describe the main characters and you end up feeling like you know them, especially Crippen The Air Force and related secret reconnaissance angle is especially interesting because it explains a lot about the politics and the main design decisions behind the Shuttle s development, without which a lot of it doesn t make sense I was quite surprised at actually how quickly it was developed once the main design configuration had been sorted out.I found that towards the end there was a little too much breathless detail about the reconnaissance satellites which helped to allay fears about the heat shield It s interesting that he s managed to get so much detail on it, but I lost track of the orbits The same is true of some of the surrounding details of chase planes and infrared cameras following the landing I didn t really understand why that mattered and it detracted a little from the main story and characters.Overall, he s surprisingly positive about the Shuttle and the people who designed and built it One of very few people to be criticised is actually an aside about Buzz Aldrin, which seemed a bit mean he was quoting John Young , and there are a few gentle criticisms of main designer Max Faget, but there s an argument to be much harsher on some of the basic design flaws a heat shield too vulnerable during launch, and a lack of crew escape system It left me wanting to know about its subsequent development though, which is good, and I suppose it s good to focus on the bravery and ingenuity behind the Shuttle, not just its flaws.Good stuff. The book is than just being about the maiden flight of Colombia in 1981, it gives thorough analysis of the Space Shuttle s development from balsa wood model in 1969 to initial launch It also follows the careers of Bob Crippen and John Young who flew that first flight The book may be a little too detailed for the casual reader but Space buffs will lap this up It has given me an appetite to find out about the whole Shuttle mission programme, I just have to find the right book Some nice pictures at the end of the Kindle edition also , great book, give it a try, bargain at 1.99 which is what I paid. It is easy to forget just how long ago the Shuttle Orbiter was conceived , designed and built and the technical constraints faced by the engineers and Pilots Fly by wire was in its infancy and computer memory measured in tens of kilobytes That it worked at all was a miracle That it worked so well, stunning The loss of Challenger and Columbia tends to overshadow the history of its achievements but Roland White does an excellent job in redressing the balance, pointing out that the Orbiter itself never failed, the loss of both being attributed to failures in the boosters and external fuel tank The author has set the Orbiter story in the context of the wider space efforts of that time, skillfully weaving in the human elements to produce a comprehensive and very readable account I did wonder whether such a technical subject would be a bit heavy going but I needn t have worried The story unfolded with a pace and style that kept me reading into the small hours of the morning. Excellent book The poor strapline about the electrifying story put me off buying it for some time It is not just about the first flight of the shuttle, it is a fascinating insight into bits of the history of the American space programme that have been overlooked The relationship between the shuttle, the MOL and American spy satellites was all new to me Definitely well worth reading if you are interested in the space programme Well written and very readable. A very interesting read At 71 I have been around throughout all the space exploration and remember most of the highs and lows This book just explained detail than I knew at the time and also the existence of the spy satellites which weren t known about at the time Quite easy reading, not too technical. On th Aprila revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight NASAs Space Shuttle Columbia was the most advanced flying machine ever built the high watermark of post war aviation development A direct descendant of the record breaking X planes the likes of which Chuck Yeager had tested in the skies over the Mojave Desert, Columbia was a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, capable of flying to space and back before being made ready to fly again She was the worlds first real spaceshipOn board were men with the Right Stuff The Shuttles Commander, moonwalker John Young, was already a veteran of five spaceflights Alongside him, Pilot Bob Crippen was making his first, but Crip, taken in by the space agency after the cancellation of a top secret military space station programme in , had worked on the Shuttles development for a decade Never before had a crew been so well prepared for their missionYet less than an hour after Young and Crippens spectacular departure from the Cape it was clear that all was not well Tiles designed to protect Columbia from the blowtorch burn of re entry were missing from the heatshield If the damage to their ship was too great the astronauts would be unable to return safely to earth But neither they nor mission control possessed any way of knowing Instead, NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified To help, the NRO would attempt something that had never been done before Success would require skill, pinpoint timing and luck Drawing on brand new interviews with astronauts and engineers, archive material and newly declassified documents, Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan , has pieced together the dramatic untold story of the mission for the first time Into the Black is a thrilling race against time a gripping high stakes cold war story, and a celebration of a beyond the state of the art machine that, hailed as one of the seven new wonders of the world, rekindled our passion for spaceflight With a foreword by Astronaut Richard Truly Beautifully researched and written, Into the Black tells the true, complete story of the Space Shuttle better than its ever been told before Colonel Chris Hadfield, former Astronaut and Space Station CommanderBrilliantly revealed, Into the Black is the finely tuned true story of the first flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia Rowland White has magnificently laid bare the unknown dangers and unseen hazards of that first mission Once read, not forgottenClive Cussler

  • Paperback
  • 591 pages
  • Into the Black: The electrifying true story of how the first flight of the Space Shuttle nearly ended in disaster
  • Rowland White
  • English
  • 13 May 2018

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