Technology of Lunar Exploration

Technology of Lunar Exploration

1st Edition - January 1, 1963

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  • Editor: Clifford Cumming
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323141833

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Progress in Astronautics and Rocketry, Volume 10: Technology of Lunar Exploration is an overview of the technical base of the lunar exploration problem. This volume is organized into six sections encompassing 35 that follow the various stages of accomplishment of a lunar mission, involving landing on or orbiting the moon and returning to the earth. The first section is devoted to the problem of trying to define the lunar environment, emphasizing the theories of the lunar environment as it relates to the internal structure of the moon. This section also describes some activities to achieve a reasonable theory concerning what might be encountered in some of the previous lunar flight programs. The second section explores the problems associated with the limitations imposed upon lunar missions by the launch vehicles and launching facilities. The third section looks at the spacecraft systems and techniques required for lunar missions, particularly the technology and specific subsystems in relation to the requirements imposed by specific lunar mission objectives. The fourth section deals with the actual landing on the moon and the subsequent surface operations, while the fifth section covers the lunar launch, return, flight re-entry, and subsequent landing on earth. The sixth section reports the status of the projects that represent the United States lunar exploration program, which integrates the technologies developed in the preceding sections into certain discrete projects.

Table of Contents


  • Program Committee, Lunar Missions Meeting

    Preface

    A. Nature and Composition of the Moon

    Internal Structure of the Moon

    A Lunar Surface Model for Engineering Purposes

    U. S. Air Force Cartographic Support of Lunar Missions

    Reaction of the Lunar Surface to the Impact of a Lunar Probe

    B. Launch, Midcourse, and Rendezvous Techniques

    Lunar Missions: Launch to Rendezvous

    Launch Vehicle Performance

    Saturn Ascending Phase Guidance and Control Techniques

    Analytical Considerations of Space Rendezvous

    Rendezvous and Docking Techniques

    Midcourse Guidance Using Radio Techniques

    C. Spacecraft Systems and Techniques

    The Manned Lunar Mission

    Manned Space Flight

    Saturn S-IV Spacecraft System

    Supply Truck to the Moon

    Optimizing Space Programs

    Effects of Chronic Lunar Gravity on Human Physiology

    A Technique of Evaluating Fuel Losses Due to Meteoroid Puncture and Some Timely Examples

    Thermal Protection System for Extravehicular Space Suits

    D. Lunar Landing and Surface Operations

    Abort Considerations for Manned Lunar Missions

    Man-to-the-Moon and Return Mission Utilizing Lunar-Surface Rendezvous

    Lunar Point-to-Point Communication

    Simulation of Manned Lunar Landing

    Time Lag Consideration in Operator Control of Lunar Vehicles from Earth

    E. Lunar Launch, Return, Re-Entry, and Landing Some General Considerations of Manned Lunar Return Missions

    LEAP - A One-Man Lunar Escape Ambulance Pack

    Trajectory and Guidance Considerations for Lunar Return Missions

    Trajectory Considerations for the Return to Earth Phase of Lunar Missions

    Supercircular Re-Entry Guidance for a Fixed L/D Vehicle Employing a Skip for Extreme Ranges

    Abort Problems of the Lunar Landing Mission

    Design Considerations for a Re-Entry Vehicle Thermal Protection System

    Design Considerations of Earth Landing Systems for a Manned Spacecraft

    Calculation of Flow Fields about Blunt Bodies of Revolution Traveling at Escape Velocity

    F. Progress Report on Programs

    Ranger Project Status

    Surveyor Project Status

    Saturn Project Status

    Apollo Project Status

    Appendix. General Discussions

    The National Space Program - Progress and Prospects

    Lunar Orbital Rendezvous for Apollo

    The Military Role in Space

    Relationship Between the Manned and Unmanned Programs

    Nuclear Energy for Space Flight?

    Contributors to Volume 10


Product details

  • No. of pages: 1006
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1963
  • Published: January 1, 1963
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323141833

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