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Space Systems Failures: Disasters and Rescues of Satellites, Rocket and Space Probes (Anglais) Broché – 30 mars 2005

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Space Systems Failures Deals with space systems failures, from an engineering perspective. This book focuses on the causes of the failures and discusses how the engineering knowledge base has been enhanced by the lessons learned. It discusses non-fatal anomalies which do not affect the ultimate success of a mission, but which are failures nevertheless. Full description

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Encyclopedic ... 26 janvier 2009
Par S. Austin - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
... by which I mean a small amount of information about each of a large number of facts, with very little analysis or insight. And, just about as interesting to read as chapter after chapter of encyclopedia entries.

Looking at each chapter's bibliography, you can tell that the authors spent a lot of time poring over back issues of Aviation Week and other publications, so that might save you some time if you are researching a specific failure. And they do have a very extensive collection of failures - this is not just Apollo 13 and Ariane 5.

I was surprised to find mention (and a small amount of detail) of some of the relatively minor programs I have been involved with over the last 15 years or so. However, the visually spectacular failure of the Conestoga launch vehicle (certainly in the category of "minor players") wasn't covered, so this can't be said to be a definitive collection of every launch or spacecraft failure.

If you want to know how failures are analyzed post-mortem, or what processes and procedures are put in place to learn from those mistakes, you won't find it here. This is really just a diary of the timeline of failures in the Space Age.
11 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Absolutly Fascinating Book 9 septembre 2005
Par John Matlock - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is an absolutely fascinating book. It is the story of learning from failures. In the history of the space programs there have been some 2,500 failures of one kind or another.

I can well remember the first American attempt to launch a satellite using the Vanguard rocket. It was a beautiful rocket. It fired up, rose a few feet, then still perfectly balanced came back down and blew up spectacularly. Then there was the European Mars lander, Beagle 2, the problems with the Hubble Space Telescope, and of course Challenger.

Broken into two main parts, the first half of the book is on failures in the Launch Vehicles. The second half goes into the failures in the satellites and space probes. The surprising thing about all these failures is the ability of the engineers to often work around the failures and still get some value out of the mission.

It seems the Murphy really rules space activities. Everything has happened from dropping satellites on the floor, to soaking them in water through a hole in the roof, pieces left out, screws tightened to tightly, or not tight enough, hundreds of things.

The rockets are designed at the limit of everything to reduce weight, increase performance. The spacecraft have to operate in environments impossible to test on earth. Adding redundancy to a space craft reduces the weight/space available for mission payload.

Fascinating book
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good Survey 13 septembre 2005
Par D. Lang - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Good at identifying launch failure events and summarizing history, but lacks details on the actual failure modes. Tough area to cover since much of the info is classified, proprietary or lost deep in corporate files.
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Excellent book on space failures 11 septembre 2010
Par Haubrechts Patrick - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book examines failures related to space exploration in general. It is thorough, much more than I expected. A bit depressing, but it provides invaluable insight into the science, art and craft of building and launching satellites.

The book is divided in two quite different parts: launchers and satellites, with a special chapter on repairs undertaken from the space shuttle.
The launcher part is organized by launchers types, and has a very good objective of putting things in historical perspective, a very good point. The satellite part is organized by failures types. This is a wise way to do in this case.

There is not much to do in case of problems on a launcher apart from doing fault analysis, with corrections to be applied to the next launches. This is quite different and much more interesting with problems on satellites or probes.

They are examples of missions which looked like total write-offs being rescued by the skills and intelligence of engineers using treasures of imagination and ingenuity to rescue a mission, sometimes exceeding the objectives planned originally for the mission. ( Hipparcos, Deep Space 1, etc ) This makes the reading of this section very interesting, sometimes feeling like a thriller.

The real added value of this book is the description of the incredible ingenuity applied by engineers and operators to solve the problems when a satellite fails in orbit, therefore out of physical reach. This is the best part and shows that in general, human being are better to adapt to given situations and solve problems imposed on them than being able to predict them and act accordingly beforehand.

This is proven by the number of incredibly stupid faults described in the book, from the decimal point misplaced, to the calculations made in imperial units instead of metric, leading sometimes to billion size dollars bills.

I regret that some important recap tables (page 157) and some figures are not better printed or be made more readable. Also a good improvement would be to put a success/failures table at the end of each section covering a given launcher.

Also, I regret the absence of a simple tutorial chapter explaining the basics of rocket and satellite event recording and telemetry, the amount and nature of the parameters recorded, the various captors and a basic description of the procedures of post-mortem analysis. This would help appreciate even more the reading of the book.

Patrick Haubrechts Geneva Switzerland
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A priceless preservation of institutional memory - and fun to read! 3 décembre 2005
Par Creon Levit - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is an excellent book that IMHO anyone in the space business should read. Over 350 pages covering literally hundreds of cases of "what went wrong" with launchers, satellites, missions, instruments, designs, and procedures from the 1940s to the present. It is well written, entertaining, highly educational, and can be read in many short sittings since the average incident description is about one page long. The book not only covers what went wrong, but in many cases also what was done to fix it. "Space Systems Failures" is a valiant and perhaps unequaled attempt to preserve institutional memory and the lessons learned, often at great price, by the world's space programs.
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