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|Main Title||Aerospace Engineering on the Back of an Envelope [electronic resource] /|
|Author||Alber, Irwin E.|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer,|
|Subjects||Engineering ; Astrophysics ; Engineering design ; Astronautics|
|Collation||XXII, 326 p. online resource.|
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Space Shuttle Performance Estimates -- Columbia Shuttle Accident Analysis -- Reentry and Landing of the Orbiter -- Hubble Space Telescope Design -- Solenoid Robot Kicker Design using BotE Techniques. Engineers need to acquire "Back-of-the-Envelope" survival skills to obtain rough quantitative answers to real-world problems, particularly when working on projects with enormous complexity and very limited resources. In the case studies treated in this book, we show step-by-step examples of the physical arguments and the resulting calculations obtained using the quick-fire method. We also demonstrate the estimation improvements that can be obtained through the use of more detailed physics-based Back-of-the-Envelope engineering models. These different methods are used to obtain the solutions to a number of design and performance estimation problems arising from two of the most complex real-world engineering projects: the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope satellite.