Part 1: The Machine from A to Z.- Introduction.- Structure.- Main Propulsion System.- Solid Rocket Booster.- Orbital Maneuvering System and Reaction Control System.- Cargo Bay and Payload.- Electrical and Environmental Control Life Support.- Thermal Protection System.- Living On Board.- Part 2: Flying the Machine.- Ascent.- Orbital Flight.- Re-entry and Landing.
Davide Sivolella has a Bachelor and Master degree in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He presently works for the European airline Ryanair, where he provides engineering support for heavy maintenance of the airplanes fleet, with a particular focus on any repair needed on the aircraft structure.
From the reviews:"This book focuses on the space shuttle and its technology, including the shuttle's design, engineering, integration, and operations. ... This comprehensive volume provides a good overview of the accomplishments of the engineers who designed the shuttle and its operational protocols. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers interested in space science and technology." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (7), March, 2014)"Davide Sivolella's book To Orbit and Back Again ... becomes apparent just how complex the shuttle was, and how remarkable it was that it flew as successfully as it did for three decades. ... There is, as promised, considerable technical information about the shuttle's systems, far more than the general reader might expect, or want. ... someone seeking to go beyond the basics of the engineering of the shuttle. ... this book provides a good reminder of what made those launches possible." (Jeff Foust, TheSpaceReview.com, November, 2013)