International Space Station

Architecture Beyond Earth

by David Nixon

Hardback Publication Date: 01/05/2016

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In 1984 President Ronald Reagan gave NASA the go-ahead to build a Space Station. A generation later, the International Space Station is an established and highly successful research centre in Earth orbit. The history of this extraordinary project is a complex weave of powerful threads – political, diplomatic, financial and technological among them – but none is more fascinating than the story of its design.

This book provides the first comprehensive account of the Station’s conception, design, development and assembly in space. It begins in 1979 with early NASA concepts based on the use of the Space Shuttle and ends with the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011. As a highly accessible chronicle of a complex piece of design and engineering, it is a book that will appeal to readers far beyond the space field.

About the Authors
David Nixon is an architect with a particular interest in designing for space exploration. In 1978 he co-founded Future Systems with Jan Kaplický and was among a handful of architects to collaborate on the design of the International Space Station. He later established an office in Los Angeles to focus on work in the space field on projects ranging from launch infrastructure to space experiments. In 2000 he formed a space venture named Astrocourier to develop miniature spaceflight experiments for schools. His book on the International Space Station is the result of seven years of work.

Nicole Marie Passonno Stott is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She served as a Flight Engineer on ISS Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 and was a Mission Specialist on STS-128 and STS-133. After 27 years of working at NASA, the space agency announced her retirement effective June 1, 2015.
ISBN:
9780993072130
9780993072130
Category:
Architectural structure & design
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-05-2016
Publisher:
Circa Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
235x235x38mm
Weight:
1.69kg

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