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Something New Under the Sun : Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age - Helen Gavaghan

Something New Under the Sun

Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age

Hardcover Published: 7th November 1997
ISBN: 9780387949147
Number Of Pages: 300

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In this, the first history of artifical satellites and their uses, Helen Gavaghan shows how the idea of putting an object in orbit around the earth changed from science fiction to indespensible technology in the twinkling of an eye. Thanks to satellites, we can now send data and images anywhere in the world in an instant. The satellite-based navigational system can pinpoint your exact location anywhere in the world; it is so precise that, from outer space, it can detect the sag on an airplane's wing. Focusing on three major areas of development - navigational satellites, communications, and weather observation and forecasting - Gavaghan tells the remarkable inside story of how obscure men and women, often laboring under strict secrecy, made the extraordinary scientific and technological discoveries needed to make these miracles happen. Written by a science journalist with support from the Sloane Foundation, the book describes the birth of the modern scientific era in the twentieth century, with creation of satellite technology. The narrative is part history - beginning with the Russian-U.S. contest with the launch of Sputnik; part politics, as scientists and visionary engineers compete for scarce funding that will bring their dreams to reality; partly the story of the singular and fascinating individuals who were present at the creation of our modern technological era.

Prologue: The Seedp. 1
New Moonp. 7
Cocktails and the Bluesp. 21
Follow That Moonp. 31
The Space Agep. 43
Navigationp. 47
Polaris and Transitp. 49
Heady Daysp. 58
Pursuit of Orbitp. 73
From Sputnik II to Transitp. 82
Kershner's Roulettep. 91
The Realities of Space Explorationp. 105
Move Over, Sputnikp. 119
Meteorologyp. 127
A Time of Turbulencep. 129
The Bird's-Eye-Viewp. 140
Keep it Simple, Suomip. 149
Storm Patrolp. 163
Communicationsp. 169
The Playersp. 171
Of Moons and Balloonsp. 180
Telstarp. 188
The Whippersnapperp. 199
Syncomp. 211
Epiloguep. 223
Chronologyp. 225
Notes and Sourcesp. 233
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780387949147
ISBN-10: 0387949143
Series: Copernicus
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 7th November 1997
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61