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David Baker has produced THREE volumes describing in running narrative style the history of the Apollo Program from its origins in 1959 through the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program in 1975, embracing 15 manned launches between 1968 and 1975 and 17 unmanned flights involving Saturn I, IB and V launch vehicles between 1961 and 1974.
The purpose of the series is to provide a blended history covering the policy that made it happen, the strategic decision-making that made it possible at several sequential steps, the industrial challenges, the technical arguments, the trials and tribulations of test and qualification, and the evolution and integration of unmanned and manned missions as the program unfolded across 17 years of some of the most exciting, breathtaking and heart-stopping moments in space fight history.
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David Baker is a British citizen, David translated an early love of aviation, flying and space technology into a career that has seen him work all over the world in a variety of professional capacities. From school in Hertfordshire he went to university in the US and obtained a Ph.D in physics before moving laterally to take engineering degrees that took him to NASA and the US aerospace community in the early 1960s.
Joining the space programme during the Apollo years he worked to develop advanced concepts for keeping astronauts on the moon for extended periods. This culminated in the last three Apollo flights, each staying three days on the moon for geological exploration using a rover vehicle. During the 1960s he also worked for a brief period with the US Department of Defence on the Igloo White programme, now a declassified intelligence gathering activity in Vietnam. From there David worked on development of NASA’s Shuttle and, later during the 1980s, to commercialise payloads and to integrate aerospace technologies in Asian countries.
After forming one of the UK’s first space consulting companies in 1984 he helped London banking and insurance businesses liaise with Wall Street counterparts and NASA to develop space commercialisation. Throughout, David has maintained a passion for things with wings and has written several hundred articles and more than 70 books – more than 40 for US school children – on aerospace histories and to encourage careers in science and engineering. David appears regularly on the electronic media and has been editor of Aerospace Review (Smiths’ Industries in-house magazine), Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades and Jane’s Space Directory. His real love is the history of aviation, fuelled as a boy by endless hours reading issues of Air Pictorial, among others!