A novel is like the tip of the iceberg above the water. There is much below the surface that we writers know or have studied which could not go into the story directly. Here is where you can find some of that information.
Jane becomes an expert pilot before she even graduates from the US Air Force academy. HERE are the planes she learned on. Also an image of the World Space Station she visits in the stories.
Here are the floater test vehicles she and her staff create at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.