The Space Shuttle: Roles, Missions and Accomplishments

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Hi there, my latest magnum opus is a 530 page volume entitled "The Space Shuttle - Roles, Missions and Accomplishments". It was published by John Wiley in collaboration with Praxis.
If anyone want's to contact me directly, please feel free to do so.
David M Harland
'The Space Shuttle' is written in a thematic way, rather than purely chronologically, and the text break down is as follows:
1. Origins: Cost-benefit, Ways and means, The stack, Glide trials, Launch facilities
2. Shuttle operations: Test flights, The dreamtime, A major malfunction, Grounded, Return to flight, The long hot summer, Catch-up, Endeavour, The big test, Visiting rights, The milk run
3. Communications satellites: The Aces, Satellites galore, Ever more capacity, Tracking & data relay, Market factors
4. No mission too difficult: Anticipation and triumph, Two up and two down, Hot-wiring a satellite, Astronaut hard-hats, Try, try and try again, Back to basics, The task ahead
5. The darker side: Pact with the devil, An inauspicious start, Reconnaissance, Communications, Early warning, Navigation, Star Wars, Spaceflight engineers, Military-Man-In-Space, The return of the Titans
6. Materials processing: Electrophoresis, Phase partitioning, Protein crystals, Generic processors, Polymers, Fluids, melts and inorganic crystals, Combustion, Limitations of microgravity
7. Facilities for commercial research: Spacehab, Industrial space facility, Wake shield facility, All due credit
8. Biology: Flora, Fauna, Human
9. Mr Hubble's telescope: The great observatory, Years of frustration, Deployment, Instruments, Aberration, Corrective optics, Observations, Top of the list! In our own backyard, Stars, clusters, galaxies and quasars, A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... The big issue, Operational strategy
10. The gamma ray observatory: Instruments, Spacecraft, Results, Cosmic rays, Supernova remnants, Black holes, The burster enigma, Meanwhile, back home, A joy to work with
11. Spacelabs and free-flyers: Instruments, Missions, Varied programme, Clearing up an outstanding mystery, Free-flyers, Spartan, Orfeus
12. Forthcoming attractions: Advanced X-ray astronomy facility, Space infrared telescope facility, VLA-plus, Whither the shuttle
13. Galileo's ordeal: Which way? The long haul, The big day, Mission of exploration, Lost opportunities
14. Dante's Inferno: Ulysses, Slingshot, Primary mission, Meanwhile, Mission accomplished

15. Magellan's Triumph: Project definition, Mapping mission, Gravity survey, Last act
16. Home planet: Atmosphere, Radiation budget, Upper atmosphere research satellite, Atmospheric laboratory for applications and science, Spaceborne lidar, Terra firma, Mapping from orbit, Shuttle radar laboratory, Earth observing system, An integrated platform
17. Unexpected opportunity: Cooperation, Close approach, First tour, Atlantis ... now arriving! Space truck, Comings and goings, Good times and bad
18. An island in the sky: Freedom, Alpha, Two in one, The International Space Station, Assembly, Preparations, Operations, Round the clock, All year round, What goes up must come down, Future expansion
19. The evolving role: The missed opportunity, Natural selection, The heavy-lifter, A matter of cost, Risky business, A mixed fleet, The Challenger's legacy
Shuttle mission log

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