Building the Apollo Capsules

An Engineer’s Memoir of the Moonshot Program and Its Debt to Hispanic Team Members

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About the Book

This firsthand account of the development of the Apollo 11 mission gives a behind-the-scenes look at the 1969 moon landing mission from an engineer’s perspective. The technical problems and solutions of designing a capsule to carry three astronauts­—Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins—safely to the moon and back are covered in detail from the author’s point of view. The contributions of Latino personnel in the Apollo program are described.

About the Author(s)

Jim De La Rosa is a retired aerospace engineer living in Tucson, Arizona. He has taught Radar electronics in the Air Force, worked for Hughes Aircraft Company, designed electronic circuits for Airborne Radar systems, designed Flight Control Systems for Guided Missiles at North American Aviation, designed systems for the Apollo capsules that took astronauts to the moon, designed electronic systems to fly the Space Shuttle, designed systems for rockets at The Aerospace Corporation and was a Consultant Engineer.

Bibliographic Details

Jim De La Rosa
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 65 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8719-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4871-2
Imprint: McFarland