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Russia in Space : The failed frontier? - Brian Harvey

Russia in Space

The failed frontier?

Paperback Published: 21st December 2000
ISBN: 9781852332037
Number Of Pages: 330

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Until the Apollo-Soyuz flight of 1972, the Russian Space Program was shrouded in such complete secrecy that only rumors of failures (or catastrophes) reached the West. This comprehensive history of the Russian Space Program, from its Sputnik origins to the privatized Mir Space Station, addresses the technical, political, historical, human, and organizational issues and provides a balanced focus on the manned and unmanned programs. It is the first book to assess the Russian Space Program including the 10-year period since the fall of communism.

From the reviews of the first edition: "Harvey presents a good summary of all aspects of the Russian space program and an excellent summary of Russian activities since the Cold War ended. ! Harvey writes very well and includes well-chosen anecdotes. ! Highly recommended as a thorough, well-balanced, up-to-date treatise of the Russian space program." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, September, 2001) "The author describes the various satellite programs, the facilities, international cooperation and the space industry in a logical manner, providing at the same time the necessary links with the past. The descriptions are concise and to the point, accompanied by tables where appropriate and a few illustrations. ! This is a 'must have' book - it is highly recommended." (News Bulletin of the Astronautical Society of Western Australia, Vol. 28 (2), 2002) "This is the third of Brian Harvey's books about the Soviet / Russian space programme ! . I found this new work informative and refreshing ! . The book follows the decline of the old Soviet military programme as the USSR disintegrated and describes the more modest Russian projects which followed it. Many different types of military missions are described with photographs, or sketches, of the satellites themselves. ! Personally, I liked this book and enjoyed reading it." (John Davies, The Observatory, Vol. 121 (1164), 2001) "This book covers the period 1992-2000. He reviews the previous achievement of the Soviet Union putting into context the programmes flown under both regimes. It is a good companion volume to the one he wrote earlier on the Soviet Programme. The pictures are really excellent." (Rex Hall, Spaceflight, Vol. 43 (8), 2001) "Space writer Brian Harvey's Russia in Space offers a comprehensive guide to the nuts and bolts of today's Russian space programme, plus an assessment of where the Russians now are in space, how they got there, and where they might go next. ! Harvey has produced a useful and timely guide for evaluating Russia as a partner in Western space activities." (James Oberg, New Scientist, February, 2001)

List of illustrations
List of tables
Author's acknowledgements
The Soviet space programme, 1921-1991p. 1
The manned frontierp. 29
The international frontierp. 77
The military frontierp. 107
The scientific frontierp. 145
The ground frontierp. 189
The rocket frontierp. 215
The rocket engine frontierp. 253
The design frontierp. 267
The commercial frontierp. 281
The failed frontier?p. 301
Russian space launchings, 1992-2000p. 309
Notes and referencesp. 317
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9781852332037
ISBN-10: 1852332034
Series: Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 21st December 2000
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57