The distance between Earth and Mars is 52.225 million miles. The distance between Earth and Alpha Centauri is 4.367 light-years. The farthest known star, Icarus, is 5 billion light-years from Earth. It will take 9 billion years for our existing chemical rockets to reach Icarus! Furthermore, companies such as SpaceX charge $62 million to launch a commercial satellite into orbit. These factors have prevented deep space travel, but new methods of propulsion are currently being studied in order to make space exploration and inhabitation a possibility.
Aerospace engineering, for example, is a closely related area of engineering that deals with the production of aircraft and spacecraft. Aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering are two main divisions that overlap. Aeronautics, on the other hand, is the science or art of studying, designing, and producing air flight–capable machines, as well as the techniques for flying planes and rockets through the air. The science of building and operating vehicles for space exploration outside the earth’s atmosphere is known as astronautics.
In this compilation we’ve compiled 55 free ebooks from Aeronautics & Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering and Propulsion Technology. If space exploration or reaching into the deep-space fascinates you, this compilation may tickle your curiosity and your quest for more knowledge. Happy exploring!
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Aeronautics & Astronautics
- Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Journal by Eric M. Jones
- Apollo by the Numbers: A Statistical Reference by Richard W. Orloff
- Breaking the Mishap Chain by P.W. Merlin, G.A. Bendrick, D.A. Holland
- Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space by Roger D. Launius, Dennis R. Jenkins
- Confronting Space Debris by Dave Baiocchi, William Welser IV
- Dressing for Altitude by Dennis R. Jenkins
- Flying Beyond the Stall by Douglas A. Joyce
- From Stargazers to Starships by David P. Stern
- How to design, build and test small liquid-fuel rocket engines by Leroy J. Krzycki
- Humans to Mars: Fifty Years of Mission Planning, 1950-2000 by David S. F. Portree
- Mariner Mission to Venus by Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Orders of Magnitude: A History of the NACA and NASA, 1915-1990 by Roger E. Bilstein
- Popular Review of new Concepts, Ideas and Innovations in Space Launch and Flight by Alexander Bolonkin
- Psychology of Space Exploration by Douglas A. Vakoch
- Remembering the Space Age by Steven J. Dick
- Rockets and People, Volume 1 by Boris Chertok
- Rockets and People, Volume 2: Creating a Rocket Industry by Boris Chertok
- Rockets and People, Volume 3: Hot Days of the Cold War by Boris Chertok
- Rockets and People: Volume IV: The Moon Race by Boris Chertok
- Space Handbook by Robert W. Buchheim
- Spacecraft Dynamics by Thomas R. Kane
- The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology by Ivan D. Ertel, at al.
- The Future of Remote Sensing From Space by U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment
- Unlimited Horizons: Design and Development of the U-2 by Peter W. Merlin