Atlanta, October 14, 2004 Engineering consulting firm SpaceWorks Engineering, Inc. (SEI) is pleased to announce that it is one of the lead corporate sponsors of the aerospace industry's best-selling reference guide on the world's space launch programs. "The International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, Fourth Edition" contains the most reliable and comprehensive material on launch programs in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Packed with illustrations and figures, the fourth edition offers a quick and easy data retrieval source for policymakers, planners, engineers, launch buyers, and students.
This updated reference work of more than 500 pages was published in 2004 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and written by main author Steven J. Isakowitz (current NASA Comptroller).
Standard sections describe each of the launch systems in detail, including: one-page vehicle summaries, cost, availability, performance graphs for a variety of orbits, flight history and failure descriptions, vehicle design and technical data, payload accommodations, production and launch operations, and vehicle history. This update specifically includes: information on new systems, completely updated and standardized performance data, updated flight records with added details (e.g. payload mass, delivery orbit, manifest type), more detailed failure descriptions, alphabetical organization by system, and a new chapter on spaceports.
More information can be found at the SEI website: www.sei.aero.