Preparing Apollo for Its Historic Journey
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"This is a painstakingly researched and compiled book, with nearly 400 pages of finely detailed narrative plus appendices, covering the process of preparing, assembling and testing Apollo Moon rockets-boosters, command/service modules and lunar modules-at the Kennedy Space Center. ... it is an enjoyable one. This carefully researched and lovingly written book merits a space on the bookshelf of any Apollo aficionado ... ." (Rod Pyle, Quest Magazine, Vol. 23 (4), 2016) "This book is organized into eleven chapters, each rich with original photographs, project schedules, flowcharts, and direct quotations from personal interviews with NASA employees. ... It is a great read for space history and aerospace engineering enthusiasts, and finally gives a voice to those 'nobodies' who helped Apollo reach the Moon." (Lisa Westwood, Quest Magazine, Vol. 23 (4), 2016) "This book covers launch preparations for Apollo launches ... . This is a fine, fun read with lots of information, especially about coordination and testing. ... This book is recommended for anyone with an interest in space and the American space program, but it also contains a wealth of information that could be of interest and use for engineering students and those interested in organizational systems and processes." (Jeffrey Putnam, Computing Reviews, December, 2015)
American author Jonathan Ward spent several years of his childhood in Japan, but he considers the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D. C., to be his hometown. Although he has a wide variety of interests and has worked in many fields, space exploration is his lifelong passion. His joy of bringing the space program to life for the general public began in high school, when he served as a volunteer tour guide at the National Air and Space Museum during the Apollo 15 and 16 missions. He continues his public outreach today, as a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as a frequent speaker on space exploration topics to interest groups and at regional conferences, and as an author for Springer-Praxis. Jonathan is also a frequent contributor to online space exploration forums. Jonathan brings a unique perspective to his writing that marries a systems view of the topic, fascination with the technology, passion for space exploration, and deep respect for the people who make it all happen. He holds an MS in Systems Management from the University of Denver and a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is professionally certified as an executive coach by the International Coach Federation, and serves on the adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership. His professional experience includes extensive work with leadership teams and several years with Boeing on the Space Station Freedom program. Jonathan and his wife Jane now reside in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is fiercely proud of his two grown children and their families, and he wishes they lived closer to him. He maintains a website to document his research on the Apollo era at Kennedy Space Center. He collects and restores artifacts from the Apollo era, including several control panels from the Firing Rooms. Jonathan also notes that he might possibly be the only current space author who has appeared on two GRAMMY-winning albums, which were recorded during his years as a Bass II section leader, soloist, and eventually president of The Washington Chorus.
Introduction.- Controlling Complexity.- Requirements, Tests, and Computerization.- The MSOB and the Spacecraft Processing Flow.- The LM Processing Flow-L Minus 181 Days.- The Space Vehicle Processing Flow in the VAB-L Minus 181 Days.- The Processing Flow at the Launch Pad-L Minus 57 Days.- Countdown Demonstration Test-L Minus 19 Days.- Launch Countdown-T Minus 130 Hours.- Plus Time and Near Misses.- Epilogue-Would It Actually Work?.