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Aeronautic and astronautic engineering
Flight captures human imagination.  Aeronautics and astronautics are among the most popular of engineering branches with a large literature, to which NASA has contributed much.  Here are a few less well-known references.


Anderson, J. D. 1997.  A History of Aerodynamics and its Impact on Flying Machines.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Battin, R. H. 2002.  Some funny things happened on the way to the moon.  AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 25: 1-7.

Draper, C. S. 1981.  Origins of inertial navigation.  AIAA Journal of Guidance and Control, 4: 339-63.

Gai, E. 1996. Guidance, navigation, and control from instrumentation to information management.  AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 19: 10-14.

Galison, P. and Roland, A. eds. 2000.  Atmospheric Flight in the Twentieth Century.  Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Hallion, R. P. 1972.  Supersonic Flight.  London: Brassey’s.

Hansen, J. R. 1987.  Engineer in charge: a history of Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, 1917-1958.  Washington, DC: NASA.

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, Jubilee Issue, October 2000, contains many historic and visionary papers.  

Kelly, Thomas J. 2001.  Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module.  Washington DC: Smithsonian Institute Press.

McRur, D. and Graham, D. 1981.  Fifty years of flight control: triumphs and pitfalls of the systems approach.  AIAA Journal of Guidance and Control, 4: 353-62.  

Murman, E. M., et al. 2002.  Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT's Lean Aerospace Initiative.  Palgrave.

Parkinson, B. W. 1997.  Origin, evolution, and future of satellite navigation.  AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 20: 11-25.

Schmidt, S. F. 1981.  The Kalman filter: its recognition and development for aerospace applications.  Journal of Guidance and Control, 4: 4-8.

Vincenti, W. G. 1990.  What Engineers Know and How They Know It: Analytical Studies from Aeronautical History.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press.

Whittle, F. 1953.  Jet: The Story of a Pioneer.  London: Frederick Muller.

Aircraft development

Aronstein, D. C. and Piccirillo, A. C. 1997.  Have Blue and the F-117A.  Reston, VA: AIAA.

Battershell, A. L. 1999.  The DoD C-17 Versus the Boeing 777.  Washington, DC: National Defense University.

Buus, H., McLees, R, Orgun, M, Pasztor, E, and Schultz, L. 1997.  777 fight controls validation process.  IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 33: 656-66.

Condit, P. M. 1994.  Focusing on the customer: How Boeing Does it.  Research Technology Management,  37(1): 33-7.

Norris, G. 1995.  Boeing’s seventh wonder.  IEEE Spectrum, 32(10): 20-3.

O’Lone, R. G., ed. 1991.  Boeing 777 transport: a risky development approach.  Special section, Aviation Week & Space Technology, June 3, 134(22): 34-58.

Pelton, S. L. and Scarbrough, K. D. 1997.  Boeing systems engineering experiences from the 777 AIMS program.  IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 33: 642-8.

Proctor, P. ed. 1994.  Boeing 777 rollout.  Special section, Aviation Week & Space Technology, April 11, 140(5): 37-42.

Rich, B. R. and Janos, L. 1994.  Skunk Works.  Boston: Little, Brown & Co.

Sabbagh, K. 1995.  21st Century Jet: The Making of the Boeing 777.  London: Macmillan.

Steiner, J. E. 1978.  Case Study in Aircraft Design: The Boeing 727.  Reston, VA: AIAA.

Witwer, B. 1997.  Developing the 777 airplane information management system (AIMS): a view from program start to one year of service.  IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 33: 637-41.


Battin, R. H. 1982.  Space and guidance evolution – a personal narrative. AIAA Journal of Guidance and Control, 5: 97-110.

Bell, T. E. and Esch, K. 1987.  The fatal flaws in flight 51-2.  IEEE Spectrum (2): 36-51.

Bilstein, R. E. 1996.  Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles.  Washington DC: NASA.

Lawler, A. 2000.  “Faster, cheaper, better” on trial.  Science, 288: 32-4.

Murray, C. and Cox, C. B. 1989.  Apollo: The Race to the Moon.  New York: Simon & Schuster.

Stix, G. 1988.  Moon lander.  IEEE Spectrum 25: 76-82.

Winter, F. H. 1990.  Rockets into Space. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.