Baker, D: NASA Space Shuttle Owners' Workshop Manual
Owner's Workshop Manual. 1981 onwards (all models). An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of the NASA Space Shuttle
A fascinating insight into the NASA shuttle which will have flown 140 missions by the time of it's retirement in late 2010. Designed between 1969-1972, and first flown into space in 1981, the reusable vehicle is an engineering masterpiece; Baker looks at its construction, operation and internal layout, as well as explaining the systems, including the life support, electrical power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing and avionics, complete with 240 colour illustrations and photos.
David Baker joined the US space programme during the Apollo years and later worked on the development of NASA's Shuttle. He has written widely on spaceflight technology and is editor of Aviation News. He lives in Kent.