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Safety Design for Space Operations

Endorsed by the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and drawing on the expertise of the world’s leading experts in the field, Safety Design for Space Operations provides the practical how-to guidance and knowledge base needed to facilitate effective launch-site and operations safety in line with current regulations.

With information on space operations safety design currently disparate and difficult to find in one place, this unique reference brings together essential material on:

  • Best design practices relating to space operations, such as the design of spaceport facilities.
  • Advanced analysis methods, such as those used to calculate launch and re-entry debris fall-out risk.
  • Implementation of safe operation procedures, such as on-orbit space traffic management.
  • Safety considerations relating to the general public and the environment in addition to personnel and asset protection.

Taking in launch operations safety relating unmanned missions, such as the launch of probes and commercial satellites, as well as manned missions, Safety Design for Space Operations provides a comprehensive reference for engineers and technical managers within aerospace and high technology companies, space agencies, spaceport operators, satellite operators and consulting firms.


Aerospace engineers, systems engineering and safety managers working in space agencies, the commercial space industry and consulting firms. Also suitable for use as a reference for senior and graduate level courses covering mission design and space safety.

Hardbound, 1072 Pages

Published: April 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-096921-3


  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Space Operations Safety

    Chapter 2. Spaceport Design for Safety

    Chapter 3. Ground Safety: Special Topics

    Chapter 4. Safety in Launch Operations

    Chapter 5. Other Launch safety Hazards

    Chapter 6. Nuclear-powered payload safety

    Chapter 7. On-Orbit Mission Control

    Chapter 8. Orbital operations safety

    Chapter 9. Re-entry operations safety

    Chapter 10. Air-Space Traffic Interface Management

    Chapter 11. Safety of Ground-based Space Laser Application

    Chapter 12. The Use of Quantitative Risk assessment in the Operations Phase of Space Missions

    Appendix A. Meteorology and Range Safety

    Appendix B. Human and Structural Vulnerability

    Appendix C. Launch Chronology and Launch Failures

    Appendix D. Lightning Protection Systems

    Appendix E. The Role of Economics in Spaceport Safety

    Appendix F. Re-Entry Risk Formulas



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