The Resource "Read you loud and clear!" : the story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network, by Sunny Tsiao, (electronic resource)

"Read you loud and clear!" : the story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network, by Sunny Tsiao, (electronic resource)

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"Read you loud and clear!" : the story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network
Title
"Read you loud and clear!"
Title remainder
the story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network
Statement of responsibility
by Sunny Tsiao
Title variation
Story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network
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Language
eng
Summary
From the Dust Jacket: Regardless of how sophisticated it may be, no spacecraft is of any value unless it can be tracked accurately to determine where it is and how it is performing. At the height of the space race, 6,000 men and women operated NASA's Spaceflight Tracking and Data Network at some two dozen locations across five continents. This network, known as the STDN, began its operation by tracking Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite that was launched into space by the former Soviet Union. Over the next 40 years, the network was destined to play a crucial role on every near-Earth space mission that NASA flew. Whether it was receiving the first television images from space, tracking Apollo astronauts to the Moon and back, or data acquiring for Earth science, the STDN was that intricate network behind the scenes making the missions possible. Some called it the "Invisible Network," a hallmark of which was that no NASA mission has ever been compromised due to a network failure. Read You Loud and Clear! is a historical account of the STDN, starting with its formation in the late 1950s to what it is today in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It traces the roots of the tracking network from its beginnings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) space-based constellation of today. The story spans the early days of satellite tracking using the Minitrack Network, through the expansion of the Satellite Tracking And Data Acquisition Network (STADAN) and the Manned Space Flight Network (MSFN), and finally, to the Space and Ground Networks of today. Written from a nontechnical perspective, the author has translated a highly technical subject into historical accounts told within the framework of the U.S. space program. These accounts tell how international goodwill and foreign cooperation were crucial to the operation of the network and why the space agency chose to build the STDN the way it did. More than anything else, the story of NASA's STDN is about the "unsung heroes of the space program."
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GPO
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1963-
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Tsiao, Sunny
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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United States
Series statement
NASA SP
Series volume
2007-4232 [i.e. 2007-4233]
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  • United States
  • Project Apollo (U.S.)
  • Ground support systems (Astronautics)
  • Space vehicles
Label
"Read you loud and clear!" : the story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network, by Sunny Tsiao, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 2, 2010)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-401) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Invisible network -- 1: Early years -- 2: Evolution of a network -- 3: Mercury Space Flight network -- 4: Preparing for the moon -- 5: Apollo years -- 6: Era of change -- 7: Network in space -- 8: New landscape -- 9: Legacy -- Endnotes -- Bibliography -- Appendix 1: Acronyms, abbreviations, glossary -- Appendix 2: Maps -- Appendix 3: Radio frequency chart -- Appendix 4: Honeysuckle station log for Apollo 11 -- Index -- NASA history series
Control code
535873478
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (527 unnumbered pages)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(GPO)99292154
Label
"Read you loud and clear!" : the story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network, by Sunny Tsiao, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 2, 2010)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-401) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Invisible network -- 1: Early years -- 2: Evolution of a network -- 3: Mercury Space Flight network -- 4: Preparing for the moon -- 5: Apollo years -- 6: Era of change -- 7: Network in space -- 8: New landscape -- 9: Legacy -- Endnotes -- Bibliography -- Appendix 1: Acronyms, abbreviations, glossary -- Appendix 2: Maps -- Appendix 3: Radio frequency chart -- Appendix 4: Honeysuckle station log for Apollo 11 -- Index -- NASA history series
Control code
535873478
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (527 unnumbered pages)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(GPO)99292154

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