Spaceplane HERMES: Europe's Dream of Independent Manned Spaceflight (Springer Praxis Books) by Luc van den Abeelen
English | 21 Dec. 2016 | ISBN: 3319444700 | 612 Pages | PDF | 21.32 MB
This is the first comprehensive book on the European Hermes program. It tells the fascinating story of how Europe aimed for an independent manned spaceflight capability which was to complement US and Soviet/Russian space activities. In 1975, France decided to expand its plans for automated satellites for materials processing to include the development of a small 10 ton spaceplane to be launched on top of a future heavy-lifting Ariane rocket.