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China's Space Program - From Conception to Manned Spaceflight : Springer Praxis Books - Brian Harvey

China's Space Program - From Conception to Manned Spaceflight

Springer Praxis Books

Paperback

Published: 27th August 2004
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In October 2003 Yang Liwei made history as the first Chinese citizen in space, orbiting the globe 14 times in the Shenzhou 5.  The Chinese space program has sometimes been called the last of the secret space programs. Although it is far less secretive now than formerly, fascinating revelations are still being made. Brian Harvey examines the history of the Chinese space program, from it's earliest times to the historic breakthrough of manned flight.

From the reviews:

"...China's Space Program is perhaps the best single-volume summary of Chinese space efforts, at least among those written in English."

--Jeff Foust, THE SPACE REVIEW

Astronomy (February 2005)

Review by James Oberg, Former NASA Mission Controller

"... Harvey's book gives any space-flight enthusiast a thorough overview of China's space activities while comparing them to other nations' efforts. What's more, Harvey has succeeded in an even greater challenge: collecting disorganized and unrelated information and formulating it into coherent chapters that address themes, activities, and intentions in a lucid, logical sequence. This book goes well beyond cataloging what it covers. It has good stories, too. Harvey's description of the early years of the Chinese program, when it was bedeviled by material shortages and political interference, is as dramatic as any other space-development saga in the world. He also makes excellent use of new biographical material about the father of the Chinese space program, Tsien Hsue Shen. ... Harvey achieves a good blend of engineering descriptions and human-interest stories. Equally important, he gives the reader helpful guidance regarding reliability by describing how information on the Chinese program comes to light while other material concerning it remains buried in secrecy. Finally, Harvey uses obscure Chinese reports and speeches to map out the future options for this nation, now a major player in outer space. ... China may well come to dominate some phases of human space exploration in the years ahead. If that comes to pass, this book will have told you how it happened."

"A super book by any measure. Anyone with an interest in rockets will find it a treat and similar in lay out and text as Patrick Moore's Yearbook. 10 out of 10." (Tony O' Connell, Astronomy & Space, May, 2005)

"An important book and essential reading for those interested in space history, the history of technology, and the current state of military and civilian space technologies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals." (A.M. Strauss, CHOICE, Vol. 42 (5), January, 2005)

"Harvey's book gives any space-flight enthusiast a thorough overview of China's space activities while comparing them to other nation's efforts. What's more, Harvey has succeeded in an even greater challenge: collecting disorganized and unrelated information and formulating it into coherent chapters that address themes, activities, and intentions in a lucid, logical sequence. This book goes well beyond cataloging what it covers. It has good stories, too. ... Harvey achieves a good blend of engineering descriptions ... . Equally important, he gives the reader helpful guidance ... ." (James Oberg, Astronomy, October, 2003)

"This is an expanded and revised version of a book first published in 1998 ... . It is a well-written, detailed and impressive tale ... ." (Paul Murdin, Times Higher Education Supplement, March, 2005)

"The original edition of this book was published in 1998 under a slightly different title ... . Each chapter concludes with a summary and suggested further reading. There is also a listing of Chinese satellite launches, a chronology of significant events, a glossary, and a bibliography. All in all, this is probably the best one-stop source of information on the Chinese space programme to appear to date." (Liftoff, Issue 229, September/October, 2005)

The flight of Yang Liweip. 1
Origins : the fiery dragonp. 15
Dong Fang Hong - the East is redp. 37
Expanding the space programmep. 67
Communications and conspiraciesp. 95
Applying the space programmep. 135
Behind the scenesp. 167
Launch centres, rockets and enginesp. 195
Shuguang's false dawnp. 239
The Shenzhou missionsp. 257
The future of China in spacep. 291
List of Chinese satellite launchingsp. 319
Principal milestones in the development of the Chinese space programmep. 323
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781852335663
ISBN-10: 1852335661
Series: Springer Praxis Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 27th August 2004
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 17.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 1.15