Painting by Georg Deutsch

The table of contents is divided into 62 chapters with an introduction and a conclusion, making up four distinct segments of the book: 

1. Reaction as a principle of space travel. With this conclusion, the author brings the first part of his book to a close. Herman discusses gravity and ways of overcoming it. He rules out the launching out of a gun, as suggested by Jules Verne. The rocket-driven space vehicle is the only option.

2. Space technology will be used in everyday life. With this claim, Herman Potocnik concludes the second part of his book wherein. He goes on to deal with the functioning of the rocket during different stages of the flight. He contemplates the rocket's efficiency while warning agaist its possible misuse for military purposes. 

3. The vision of a geo-stationary satellite. The contents of the third segment. A satellite with an angle speed equal to that of the point on Equator underneath it will circle around the globe indefinitely. The satellite will circle 35,900 km above the earth's surface and will be 42,300 km from the center of the earth. The speed of the satellite circling the globe: 3,080 km per second. It will be used for research and communication purposes.

4. Nuclear and photonic drive. This is the technology that will make it possible to travel to nearby planets in our universe. Space travel is not mere day-dreaming. Instead, it is our technological future. This is the concluding thought of the fourth and last segment of Herman's book. 


  • Text: A satellite for three countries, Petrol Annual report '98 - Herman Potocnik - Noordung -
  • Painting: History of ASA - Herman Potocnik -

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