New Stuff Tuesday – September 26, 2017

Spaceplane HERMES

Spaceplane HERMES: Europe’s Dream of Independent Manned Spaceflight
by Luc van den Abeelen
TL795 .A24 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

It’s a little early in the semester to be thinking about far away escapes, but this new arrival may spark the thought. Spaceplane HERMES tells the story of how Europe aspired and plannedĀ for independent manned spaceflight. Planning began in 1975 for the development of a small ten ton spaceplane to be launched on top of a rocket which would give Europe the capability for shuttling crews between Earth and space stations. While poor organizational and management choices, and unexpected geopolitical changes (German reunification for one), recession, and the Challenger accident were among the many factors that played a role in the end of the program in 1993, space enthusiasts, engineers, makers and dreamers will find this a fascinating read.

Locate articles from the period in publications such as Aviation Week & Space Technology, Nature, and Wall Street Journal by searching Research@UWW.

Visit the European Space Agency website for and introduction to the project and additional video documentary.



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1 Response to New Stuff Tuesday – September 26, 2017

  1. Infovoyeur says:

    The book might possibly have understandably omitted the unsung exposure of yet other problems leading to the 1993 termination. The bungle of utilizing pilots who had already acquired citations for improper Uber driving behavior. The major administrative snafus which led to widespread confusions in booking seat-reservations, especially concerning return-trip guarantees. And the environmental regulations about engine pollution emissions which led to premature splash-downs ironically polluting fishing grounds. These mishaps remain properly unknown because they occurred before our time of “flake” news, which (as we appreciatively know), allows one to “peal off” as little or much data as one needs or can tolerate.

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