The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs

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JHU Press, 2002 - 290 pages
How does one go about organizing something as complicated as a strategic-missile or space-exploration program? Stephen B. Johnson here explores the answer - systems management - in a study that involves Air Force planners, scientists, technical specialists and, eventually, bureaucrats. Taking a comparative approach, Johnson focuses on the theory, or intellectual history, of systems engineering as such, its origins in the Air Force's Cold War ICBM efforts, and its migration to not only NASA but the European Space Agency.
 

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Contents

Management and the Control
1
Creating Concurrency
19
From Concurrency to Systems Management
47
JPLs Journey from Missiles to Space
81
Organizing the Manned Space Program
115
Organizing ELDO for Failure
154
ESROs American Bridge across
179
Coordination and Control of HighTech
209
Notes
233
Essay on Sources
277
Index
283
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