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- DescriptionIn Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Invation in the U.S. Space Program, Howard E. McCurdy examines NASA's recent efforts to save money while improving mission frequency and performance. McCurdy details the sixteen missions undertaken during the 1990s-including an orbit of the moon, deployment of three space telescopes, four Earth-orbiting satellites, two rendezvous with comets and asteroids, and a test of an ion propulsion engine-which cost less than the sum traditionally spent on a single, conventionally planned planetary mission. He shows how these missions employed smaller spacecraft and cheaper techlogy to undertake less complex and more specific tasks in outer space. While the techlogical invation and space exploration approach that McCurdy describes is still controversial, the historical perspective on its disappointments and triumphs points to ways of developing faster, better, and cheaper as a management manifesto.
- Author BiographyHoward E. McCurdy is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University.
- Author(s)Howard E. McCurdy
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication01/09/2003
- SubjectInventions & Technology: General Interest
- Series TitleNew Series in NASA History
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight263 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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