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To Mars and Beyond, Fast!: How Plasma Propulsion Will Revolutionize Space Exploration

Asadvancedin-spacepropulsionmoves from sciencefiction to reality, the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, orVASIMR®engine, is a leading contender for making 'Mars in a month' a possibility.A paradigm shift in space transportation, this book is an in-depth and compellingstoryco-written by its inventor. Ittraces the riveting history of the development of the VASIMR®engine.This landmarktechnology is grounded inconcepts of ad...

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Mars One: The Ultimate Reality TV Show?

This book dissects the hype and hubris of the Mars One venture. Every aspect of the mission design is scrutinized, fromthe haphazard selection process to the unproven mission architecture. A controversial project, many professional astronauts consider Mars One a reckless attempt, yet it gained popular attention. This go-to reference guide provides the reader with insights into the myriad issues arising from the project's loss of fund...

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Martian Outpost

This book thoroughly details how humans will get to Mars. It fully covers crew preparation and mission trajectories and explains an adaptable and mobile exploration architecture that will enable long-term human exploration of the planet.

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XCOR, Developing the Next Generation Spaceplane

Employing the same informational approach Erik Seedhouse used in "SpaceX" and "Bigelow Aerospace", this new book familiarizes space enthusiasts with the company XCOR Aerospace and examines the design of the two-seater Lynx. The new spaceplane's low weight and high octane fuel confer important advantages, such as direct runway launches and the ability to fly several times per day. Over the last 15 years, XCOR has developed and built 1...

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Virgin Galactic: The First Ten Years

Thirty years ago when Sir Richard Branson called up Boeing and asked if they had a spare 747, few would have predicted the brash entrepreneur would so radically transform the placid business of air travel. But today, Branson flies airlines on six continents, employs hundreds of jets and, in 2014, was predicting that his spaceship company – Virgin Galactic – would soon open the space frontier to commercial astronauts, payload speciali...

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Survival And Sacrifice In Mars Exploration: What We Know From Polar Expeditions

With current technology, a voyage to Mars and back will take three years. That’s a lot of time for things to go wrong. But sooner or later a commercial enterprise will commit itself to sending humans to Mars. How will the astronauts survive? Some things to consider are: ith current technology, a voyage to Mars and back will take three years. That’s a lot of time for things to go wrong. But sooner or later a commercial enterprise will...