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The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology

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  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521660778

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  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology is a comprehensive source of reference on the most important aspects of this fast-developing field, from basic concepts to advanced applications. With some 2,300 entries--700 more than the first edition, it lists fundamental terms that will remain in common usage for the foreseeable future and includes a selection of historical and highly specific entries to add context and depth. The Dictionary features entries on all the major areas relating to space technology, making this a reference of wide-ranging scope. While the emphasis is on defining the meaning of a word or phrase as it is used in the professional space community, each entry also contributes to a deeper understanding of the overall subject, both for the practicing specialist and 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. An additional key feature is a classified list of entries grouped under 13 subject headings. The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology will be indispensable to anyone with an interest in space activity. Mark Williamson is an independent space technology consultant working in the space industry and space insurance communities. A seasoned physicist and engineer, he has over 20 years of experience in satellite communications engineering, technical management, and space consultancy. Williamson has written about 250 published magazine and journal articles. He is also author of The Communications Satellite and editorial director of Earth Space Review magazine.

    • Contains some 2300 entries covering an unprecedented range of topics, from basic terms to advanced applications
    • Extensive cross-referencing and thorough descriptions aid research and understanding
    • Also contains useful classified list of entries, grouped into major subject headings such as communications technology, manned spaceflight, materials and orbits
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Mark Williamson's The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology is an essential, indispensable, core addition to school, community, and professional reference libraries.... [It] is a seminal, basic, exhaustive, very highly recommended reference." The Bookwatch

    "Williamson, an expert in space technology, writes descriptive, easily understandable definitions suitable for both specialists and general readers. Recommended for all libraries." CHOICE Nov 2001

    "This dictionary is a comprehensive reference.... The extraordinary breadth of coverage ensures that there are entries on all major space technology subject areas. While the emphasis on each entry is on defining the meaning of the word or phrase, entries have been written with the intention of enhancing the understanding of the subject for a variety of users, ranging from the practicing specialist to the layperson to the student." Science Books and Films

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521660778
    • length: 474 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and user's guide
    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.

  • Author

    Mark Williamson

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