New book ‘Space Exploration – All That Matters’ now available in the UK

By August 1, 2013Books

In this remarkable new book from Hodder’s All That Matters series, author David Ashford looks back at the story of space exploration, identifying the factors that were a driving force behind the eye-catching programmes of the cold war and showing how now new driving forces are needed.

Read the press release, below.

Space Exploration – All That Matters

Amid a century devastated by war, space exploration was perhaps mankind’s greatest achievement of the twentieth century. Yet remarkably, in a world where most technology progresses constantly, space exploration appears to have gone backwards.

Man has not returned to the moon since 1972; the space shuttle programme has finished and not been replaced; much-vaunted promises of space tourism have not become realistic.

In this remarkable new book from Hodder’s All That Matters series, author David Ashford looks back at the story of space exploration, identifying the factors that were a driving force behind the eye-catching programmes of the cold war and showing how now new driving forces are needed.

Using his own extensive experience as a practitioner and researcher of space exploration, David Ashford then outlines a new, realistic roadmap for achieving the new space age soon and at an affordable cost.

David Ashford believes that we can reduce space exploration costs by 1000 times within 15 years using designs that could have been built in the 1970s. “New developments in space exploration are great, but it could all be done – or could have been done – far cheaper and more reliably by using aeroplanes instead of missiles!” argues David Ashford.

David Ashford is Managing Director of Bristol Spaceplanes Ltd, an innovative small company developing the Ascender spaceplane. He studied Aeronautical engineering at Imperial College, London, and did postgraduate research at Princeton, before being involved in major projects including Concorde, the Skylark sounding rocket, and missile and electronic warfare projects at Douglas Aircraft and BAE Systems. He has had about 20 papers on space transportation published in the professional press.

www.allthatmattersbooks.com
Space Exploration: All That Matters is published by Hodder in the UK in August 2013
ISBN: 9781444183832, Pb, RRP: £8.99 Available in all good bookshops

Read the original press release here.