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Benson, Charles D.

Works: 7 works in 41 publications in 1 language and 1,920 library holdings
Genres: History  Abstracts 
Roles: Author
Classifications: TL4027.F52, 629.445
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Charles D Benson
Living and working in space : a history of Skylab by William David Compton( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Skylab program is provided in this three-part book. Part I (chapters 1 to 5) traces the origins of the Skylab concept from its emergence in the period 1962-65 through its evolution into final form in 1969. Part II (chapters 6 to 13) focuses on the period from 1969-73, considering the development of the spacecraft modules, the experiments they carried, and the preparations to launch and operate them. Chapter 6 focuses on the program leaders, the problems they faced, and the tools they used to manage Skylab. Chapters 7 through 11 deal with the major experimental programs and the spacecraft components. Houston's preparations for directing the missions and the launching of Skylab are treated in chapters 12 and 13 respectively. Part III (chapters 14 to 19) deals with the Skylab launch accident (the meteoroid shield ripped away, leaving the workshop exposed to solar heat and disabling its solar panels), Skylab missions, program results (including medical and solar/earth observation findings), and the end of Skylab. A summary of missions, list of major contractors, list of experiments, and additional documentation are included in appendices. (JN)
Moonport : a history of Apollo launch facilities and operations by Charles D Benson( Book )

13 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moonport presents a solid historical analysis of one of the twentieth century's most impressive technological achievements: the building and operation of the launch complex in Florida from which the United States undertook its Apollo lunar expeditions. Using official documents, letters, reports, and memoranda, the authors have provided a lucid account of the highly complex process of construction and operation at the Kennedy Space Center. As this manuscript was being prepared, these same facilities were being modified to serve as the launch site for Apollo's successor, the Space Shuttle
Gateway to the moon : building the Kennedy Space Center launch complex by Charles D Benson( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents the definitive history of the origins, design, and construction of the lunar launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center. It includes archival illustrations and diagrams of locations, personnel, and equipment, from aerial views of sandy, undeveloped Cape Canaveral to some of the first photos of the mobile launchers and crawler-transporters
Moon launch! : a history of the Saturn-Apollo launch operations by Charles D Benson( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filled with the sense of wonder and pride that the earliest U.S. space achievements inspired, the book focuses on launch complexes 39A and 39B, the gigantic assemblies from which the Apollo-Saturn vehicles departed for trips into space, and on the massive eight-acre Vertical Assembly Building (renamed the Vehicle Assembly Building) and the attached Launch Control Center some of the most awesome buildings ever constructed. It also analyzes the technological and governmental interactions necessary to ensure success of the launches. Originally part of "Moonport," one of the volumes of the NASA History Series, the book is based on extensive interviews with participants in the space program and wide access to official documents, letters, and memoranda; in addition, the authors air criticisms directed at the Kennedy Space Center team and treat in detail mistakes in launch operations and conflicts within the program
Living and working in space : a NASA history of Skylab by William David Compton( )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The official record of America's first space station, this book from the NASA History Series chronicles the Skylab program from its planning during the 1960s through its 1973 launch and its conclusion in 1979. It presents definitive accounts of the project's goals and achievements as well as its use of discoveries and technology developed during the Apollo program. 1983 edition"--Provided by publisher
Moonport: A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected maintenance skills in the US Army Reserve : why shortfalls exist and what actions have been taken to correct them by Charles D Benson( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During 1986 one-third of the USAR's enlisted force chose to leave their unit assignment. This essay examines the effect of high attrition on 12 maintenance specialties and nine maintenance units of the Army Reserve. Several conclusions emerge from the data. First, maintenance units lag behind other USAR units in their ability to recruit. While the USAR overall has nearly 100% of its peacetime authorization, the nine units examined average about 90% of authorized strength. The fill rate for hard-skill specialties are even lower, running between 70% and 80%. More importantly, only about two-third of the individuals serving in these maintenance specialties are MOS qualified. Consequently, only about one-half of the hard-skill positions have a qualified occupant, despite the fact that the nine units show an overall qualification rate of about 70%. Clearly, current levels of attrition are having a serious impact on MOS qualification rates. What can be done? Reserve commanders must address the root causes of the problem: poor training, delays in receiving pay, transportation difficulties, and job conflicts. How can the Active Component help? TRADOC and FORSCOM have important programs underway tom improve MOS qualification including more effective use of Reserve Forces schools and the addition of regional training centers. In its concluding section the essay reviews these and other initiatives
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Gateway to the moon : building the Kennedy Space Center launch complex
Moon launch! : a history of the Saturn-Apollo launch operationsLiving and working in space : a NASA history of Skylab
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