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Mark Williamson
The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology

The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology is a comprehensive source of reference to the most important aspects of this fast-developing field, from basic concepts to advanced applications.

With some 2300 entries, it lists fundamental terms that will remain in common usage for the foreseeable future and includes a selection of historical and highly specific entries adding context and depth. The unprecedented breadth of coverage ensures that there are entries on all major subject areas. While the emphasis is on defining the meaning of a word or phrase, entries have been written with the intention of enhancing the understanding of the subject, both for the practising specialist and the interested layman. To assist the reader in research on a given topic, related entries are highlighted in the text and other important entries are cross-referenced.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology will be indispensable to anyone with an interest in space activity.

Table of Contents
  • Preface and user’s guide
  • Acknowledgements
  • The dictionary
  • Classified list of dictionary entries:
    • 1. Spacecraft technology
    • 2. Communications technology
    • 3. Propulsion technology
    • 4. Launch vehicle technology
    • 5. Space Shuttle
    • 6. Manned spaceflight
    • 7. Unmanned spacecraft
    • 8. Materials
    • 9. Propellants
    • 10. Orbits
    • 11. Physics and astronomy
    • 12. Space centres and organisations
    • 13. Miscellaneous.


"[It is] absolutely splendid and [is] at exactly the right level ... I know of nothing like it ... The author[’s] knowledge [in these fields] is encyclopedic and he knows what he is talking about."
(Professor A. E. Roy, Department of Astronomy, University of Glasgow)

"The logical arrangement, the easily understood text, and the use of photographs and sketches make this book a valuable reference (for readers with many levels of interest in space)."
(STI Bulletin / A publication of the NASA Scientific and Technical Information Program)

"... a first class ... volume’ ... highly recommended."
(Space Insurance Report, DYP Insurance and Reinsurance Research Group)

"You wouldn’t expect most dictionaries to be pleasant or interesting reading-matter. The Dictionary of Space Technology is a nice exception."
(Space Science Review, Space Research Organization Netherlands)

"It can be recommended to anyone with an interest in space research."
(Zeitschrift fur Luft und Weitraumrecht)

"... a very useful addition to any space enthusiast’s library."
(Spaceflight, Peter Mata)

Cambridge University Press, 2001, 472 S.
52,50 Euro
Hardcover, w. figs.
ISBN: 978-0-521-66077-8

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