Academic journal article Air Power History

History of Rocketry and Astronautics (AAS History Series, Vol. 48)

Academic journal article Air Power History

History of Rocketry and Astronautics (AAS History Series, Vol. 48)

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History of Rocketry and Astronautics (AAS History Series, Vol. 48). Pablo de Leon (ed.). San Diego, Calif.: Univelt Inc., 2017. Tables. Illustrations. Photographs. Pp. xix, 492. $75.00 paperback ISBN: 978-0-87703-642-5

This volume is a compendium of nineteen papers that were presented at the Fiftieth History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), which occurred in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2016. The papers are grouped into four parts: I--Memoirs and Organizational Histories; II--Scientific and Technical Histories; III--History of Mexico & Latin America's Contribution to Astronautics; and IV--50th Anniversary of IAA History Symposium. Parts I and II have become standard for the series. A Part III that explores contributions of the host country to astronautics is also the norm. The papers are collected by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and published in the year following the symposium.

The quality of the papers is generally high, and the array of topics broad. They range from matters that would interest a broad segment of the aerospace community to narrow topics that would likely interest only specialized readers. Examples of the former might include "Engineering the Saturn V: Personal Recollections of the Development and Testing of the Rocket That Transported Man to the Moon," or "Anti-Satellite Systems: The Hidden Face of Space." In the latter category, "Karl Poggensee--A Widely Unknown German Rocket Pioneer: The Early Years, 1930-1934" or "Sud Aviation X 407 Casseur: The Unknown Stepping Stone to Diamant and SBS. …

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