MOON LANDER
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MOON LANDER
How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module
Thomas J Kelly

Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a first-hand account of designing, building, testing and flying the Apollo lunar module. It was, he writes, “an aerospace engineer's dream job of the century.” Kelly's account begins with the imaginative process of sketching solutions to a host of technical challenges with an emphasis on safety, reliability and maintainability. He catalogues numerous test failures, including propulsion-system leaks, ascent-engine instability, stress corrosion of the aluminium 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 11's Neil Armstrong report that “The Eagle has landed” and the pride of having inadvertently provided a vital “lifeboat” for the crew of the disabled Apollo 13.

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  • Published : 11/09/2019
  • ISBN : 9781588342737
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : Smithsonian Books
  • Size (mm): 152 x 229
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 304
  • Edition :