Thomas J. Kelly,: Moon Lander : How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module

Moon Lander : How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module


Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a firsthand 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 catalogs numerous test failures, including propulsion-system leaks, ascent-engine instability, stress corrosion of the aluminum 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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Author: Thomas J. Kelly,
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Published Date: 01 Oct 2009
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Publication Country: Washington, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781588342737
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