History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the 40th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, Valencia, Spain, 2006; V. 37 of the AAS History Series, and V. 26 of the IAA History Symposia

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History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the 40th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, Valencia, Spain, 2006; V. 37 of the AAS History Series, and V. 26 of the IAA History Symposia


Hallion, Richard P., Air Power History


History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the 40th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, Valencia, Spain, 2006; v. 37 of the AAS History Series, and v. 26 of the IAA History Symposia. By Marsha Freeman, ed. San Diego, Calif.: Univelt for the American Astronautical Society, 2012. Photographs. Drawings. Notes. Index. Pp. 600. $95.00 ($75.00 paperback) ISBN: 978-0-877-03580-0

This, the latest in the American Astronautical Society/International Academy of Astronautics impressive series of cooperative volumes detailing the history of rocketry and astronautics, continues the series' tradition of blending the scholarship of new and veteran scholars in space history with the memoirs and papers of practitioners in the field. The constantly changing international venue of IAA meetings has always afforded the opportunity for papers from local and regional historians on astronautics in their homeland. So this volume, publishing papers and discussions presented at the 2006 IAA meeting in Valencia, Spain, has an excellent section of studies on various Spanish contributions to astronautics.

As with virtually all volumes in this series, the range of topics is remarkable, with twenty-nine papers covering administration, biography, research and development, basic and applied science, and various projects, some undertaken, some not. Among those that I found most interesting are: Charles Lundquist and Anne Coleman furnish a most interesting essay on aerodynamicist Rudolf Hermann's pioneering work in supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics. …

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