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From Runway to Orbit - Reflections of a NASA Engineer

From Runway to Orbit - Reflections of a NASA Engineer

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During the past century. human flight has evolved from a 12-second
glide
over the dunes
of
Kitty Hawk,
to
land- ings on the Moon,
to
long and compli- cated orbital missions aboard the Space Shuttle. to six month stays
on
the In- ternational Space Station. During the last four decades ofthis saga. Dr. Ken- neth
W.
IlitT has been
one
of
the world's foremost practitioners
of
flight re- search. Known internationally
as
the pioneer of parameter estimation, IlitT participated
as a
young engineer in the
X-
15
flights and contributed substan- tially
to
the famed lifting body pro- grams. Dr. Iliff also worked for
25
years
on
the aerodynamics and tlight characteristics of the Shuttle Orbiter. In this conversational and lively mem- oir, Kenneth Ilifftells the personal stay hich is also a national story
-of
finding
a
way to realize the dream
of
flying
in
the next dimension, direct from ninway to orbit.
Kenneth W.
lliff
Dr. I<enncth
W.
lliff
has
had
a
long
and
clistinguishrd
c;ircc'r
in
the field
1
flight rcxcarch. Accluiniccl for his pioneering work
on
parameter estiiiia- tion, he
hcgan
at
the
NASA
Dryden Flight
Research
Center
in
1962
and
 
From
Runway
to
Orbit
 
NASA
SP
2004-4 I09
From
Runway
to Orbit:
Reflections of
a
NASA
Engineer
Kenneth
W.
Iliff
and
Curtis
L.
Peebles
The
NASA
History
Series
National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA History Office Washington,
D.C.
20546
2004

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