High-Speed Dreams: NASA and the Technopolitics of Supersonic Transportation, 19451999

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JHU Press, 2005 - Science - 369 pages
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In High-Speed Dreams, Erik M. Conway constructs an insightful history that focuses primarily on the political and commercial factors responsible for the rise and fall of American supersonic transport research programs. Conway charts commercial supersonic research efforts through the changing relationships between international and domestic politicians, military/NASA contractors, private investors, and environmentalists. He documents post-World War II efforts at the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics and the Defense Department to generate supersonic flight technologies, the attempts to commercialize these technologies by Britain and the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, environmental campaigns against SST technology in the 1970s, and subsequent attempts to revitalize supersonic technology at the end of the century.

High-Speed Dreams is a sophisticated study of politics, economics, nationalism, and the global pursuit of progress. Historians, along with participants in current aerospace research programs, will gain valuable perspective on the interaction of politics and technology.

  

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Contents

Constructing the Supersonic Age
14
Technological Rivalry and the Cold War
48
Engineering the National Champion
82
Of Noise Jumbos and SSTs
118
Of Ozone the Concorde and SSTs
157
The Airbus the Orient Express
189
Toward a Green SST
224
Sic Transit HSCT
259
Conclusion
301
Essay on Sources
353
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Erik M. Conway serves as historian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

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