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The X-15 rocket plane : flying the first wings into space / Michelle Evans ; foreword by Joe H. Engle.

By: Evans, Michelle, 1955-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2013]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0803246846; 9780803246843; 1299405851; 9781299405851.Subject(s): Research aircraft -- United States | Aerodynamics, Hypersonic -- Research -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: X-15 rocket plane.DDC classification: 629.133/38 LOC classification: TL789.8.U6 | X514 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
The whole nine yards -- A record high -- Gaining speed -- Naval engagement -- Changing course -- Straight and steady -- Skipping out -- On a roll -- Inconel meets celluloid -- Fastest man alive -- Chasing experiments -- In the line of duty -- Snow at Edwards -- Afterword.
Summary: With the Soviet Union's launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Cold War soared to new heights as Americans feared losing the race into space. The X-15 Rocket Plane tells the enthralling yet little-known story of the hypersonic X-15, the winged rocket ship that met this challenge and opened the way into human-controlled spaceflight. Drawing on interviews with those who were there, Michelle Evans captures the drama and excitement of, yes, rocket science: how to handle the heat generated at speeds up to Mach 7, how to make a rocket propulsion system that could thrott.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The whole nine yards -- A record high -- Gaining speed -- Naval engagement -- Changing course -- Straight and steady -- Skipping out -- On a roll -- Inconel meets celluloid -- Fastest man alive -- Chasing experiments -- In the line of duty -- Snow at Edwards -- Afterword.

With the Soviet Union's launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Cold War soared to new heights as Americans feared losing the race into space. The X-15 Rocket Plane tells the enthralling yet little-known story of the hypersonic X-15, the winged rocket ship that met this challenge and opened the way into human-controlled spaceflight. Drawing on interviews with those who were there, Michelle Evans captures the drama and excitement of, yes, rocket science: how to handle the heat generated at speeds up to Mach 7, how to make a rocket propulsion system that could thrott.

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Michelle Evans is the founder of Mach 25 Media and is an aerospace writer, photographer, and education specialist. She served in the U.S. Air Force working on nuclear missiles, is the producer of several documentaries about space exploration, and is a contributor to Space Daily , Space.com , and Ad Astra . Joe H. Engle was the eighth pilot of the X-15 research aircraft and flew sixteen rocket plane missions. He later orbited the earth as the commander of the space shuttle Columbia and again with Discovery .

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