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Safety Design for Space Operations




Elsevier Ltd, Amsterdam




Tommaso Sgobba

 Editor  Foroz A. Allahdadi, Isabelle Rongier and Paul D. Wilde




Safety Design for Space Operations

 Sponsored by  The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra





The book starts with the biographies of the Editors and Contributors and comprises the following 12 chapters and 6 very useful Appendices:


Editors & Contributors

13 Pages

Chapter 1

Introduction to Space Operations Safety

25 Pages

Chapter 2

Spaceport Design for Safety

37 Pages

Chapter 3

Ground Safety: Special Topics

20 Pages

Chapter 4

Safety in Launch Operations

102 Pages

Chapter 5

Other Launch Safety Hazards


Chapter 6

Nuclear-powered Payload Safety

116 Pages

Chapter 7

On-Orbit Mission Control

40 Pages

Chapter 8

Orbital Operations Safety

192 Pages

Chapter 9

Re-entry Operations Safety

173 Pages

Chapter 10

Air-Space Traffic Interface Management

18 Pages

Chapter 11

Safety of Ground-based Space Laser Application

10 Pages

Chapter 12

The Use of Quantitative Risk Assessment in the Operations Phase of Space Missions

24 Pages

Appendix A

Meteorology and Range Safety

2 Pages

Appendix B

Human and Structural Vulnerability

18 Pages

Appendix C

Launch Chronology and Launch Failures

111 Pages

Appendix D

Lightening Protection System

16 Pages

Appendix E

The Role of Economics in Spaceport Safety

14 Pages

Appendix F

Re-Entry Risk Formulas

6 Pages


49 Pages


The Editor-in-Chief of this voluminous book is the President of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and he is joined by three Editors who are the Founding Fellow 9780080969213 - Safety Design for Space Operationsmembers of IAASS and the book draws 49 contributors drawn from world over and covers all aspects of safety of space missions. This usefulness of the book is enhanced by the fact that it essentially presents a compact resource material available at one place on several important topics associated with the safety of space vehicles right from such as Ground infrastructure safety. Safety in launch operations and on-orbital operations safety, re-entry operations safety etc., that otherwise could be found in widely dispersed sources and papers, previously. The book presents the best design practices of the design of spaceport facilities for unmanned and manned missions, including containment design for nuclear powered payloads. Advanced analysis methods, such as those used to calculate launch and re-entry debris fall-out risk and to select safe trajectories are covered in fair details. All aspects of safe operation procedures, such as rendezvous and docking, collision avoidance maneuvers, and on-orbit space traffic management are also presented. The book also covers topics such as safety considerations relating to the general public, and aviation sector since safety of aircrafts are of particular interest during falling space debris, and also to the environment, in addition to ground personnel and assets.

The book can be called in reality a treasure for possession by aerospace engineers, systems engineering and safety managers working in space agencies, the commercial space industry, and consulting firms due to the wealth of useful information contained in it besides being suitable as a  reference book for graduate and post graduate level courses in the universities covering mission design and space safety. The engineering students and teachers pursuing space vehicle design, particularly, in improving the operational reliability and safety of space vehicles will find this book of great interest.


This review has been published in volume 10, number 6, 2014

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