Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft / Edition 1

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Overview

In Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft, authors Rex Hall and Dave Shayler review the development and operations of the Soyuz family of spacecraft. This includes the lesser-known military and unmanned versions of this reliable spacecraft. While most works on Soviet/Russian space operations focus on space station activities, the story of the Soyuz spacecraft has been largely neglected. An integral element of Salyut and Mir space station operations, the small ferry has been the mainstay of cosmonaut transportation since 1967. In addition, since 1978 the unmanned freighter version called Progress has provided a means in which to regularly re-supply a space station and so prolong its orbital lifetime. Using authentic Soviet and Russian sources this book is the first known work in the west dedicated to revealing the full story of the Soyuz series, including a complete listing of vehicle production numbers.

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The Aerospace Professional

"Reading this extremely well researched book will show how this admirable concept, once very much on course to reach the moon earlier than the USA, became a victim of it's own diversity. The authors lead us through this tangled web of Russian design and decision process, which does evoke some sympathy for the frustrated engineers concerned and for a facet of the Russian programme, which could have promise so much. This is a superb acquisition for any library or student of the field."

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Table of Contents

Foreword.- Author's Introduction.- Preface: Into Space on Soyuz.- Origins.- Early Soyuz.- First Flights.- The Lunar Adventure.- Return to Flight.- Soyuz to Salyut.- Solo Soyuz.- 3-Person Upgrade.- Space Freighter.- Soyuz for ISS.- Cosmonaut Training.- Unmanned Applications.- Appendices.- Glossary.- References.- Bibliography.- Index.

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