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LEO On The Cheap:
Methods for Achieving Drastic Reductions in Space Launch Costs

Lt. Col. John R. London III

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LEO On The Cheap:
Methods for Achieving Drastic Reductions in Space Launch Costs

Lt. Col. John R. London III


"L.E.O." mean "Low Earth Orbit," in case the title caught your eye.

This is the classic, 237-page treatise on how to launch rockets into space at low cost.  Written by Air Force Lt. Col. John R. London III at the U.S. Air University (Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama), it become the leading research report for everyone enthused about getting off the planet, and getting into space--"on the cheap."

NASA (and all the other government agencies worldwide) have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to "do the job," but these organizations have become accustomed to doing things at tax-payer's expense, with little or no attention to the enormous costs involved.

Many of us think the time has come for "amateurs" and other non-government organizations to show NASA how it can be done at a fraction of their costs.  And this is the textbook for that noble mission.

Here's a look at the contents:

The book reviews--in great detail--the actual costs involved in launching the Space Shuttle and many other rockets into space.  It reviews Pegasus, Delta II 7920, Atlas IIA, Titan IV, Scout, and several other space vehicles, including those of China and other countries.

Colonel London also reviews those proposed launch systems now "on the drawing board:"  the National Launch System, Spacelifter, SEALAR, Taurus, EER Conestoga, AMROC Anguila, E' Prime Eagle, Sea Launch Surf, and several others.

London even looks into the German V-2 missile program, the several private experimental rocketeer groups, and many "backyard rockets."  Liquid versus solid propellants are discussed, along with turbomachinery, pressure-fed engines, Russian spacecraft design, sea-launched studies, the PacAstro Smallsat booster, the Microcosm Ultra-Low-Cost booster, and many others.

As you can see, the text is complete, comprehensive, and highly detailed. 

And it's supported by many excellent drawings and rare photos.  (Most of these fine photos are full-page in size--10 x 8-inches--and the scans shown here, in much reduced size and resolution, don't do them justice.)

Chinese LM-2E on the pad at Xichange

The many charts, graphs, and tables help comprehend the various factors to consider in designing and building "cheap" rockets to space.

The 10 chapters of technical material are supplemented by 22 illustrations and 65 photographs!

We offer this rare digital reprint, printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, 24-pound, acid-free paper for years of reference use. 

It’s is an attractive, quality-bound volume--a jewel of a book.  It has 237 pages, an excellent index, and measures 8.5 x 5.5-inches.  It's a large and heavy book, so allow a little extra for postage.  We charge only actual postal costs for delivery.  There are no "handling" charges of any kind.  $29.95

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