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China's Space Program - From Conception to Manned Spaceflight / Edition 1

China's Space Program - From Conception to Manned Spaceflight / Edition 1

by Brian HarveyBrian Harvey


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781852335663
Publisher: Springer London
Publication date: 07/15/2004
Series: Springer Praxis Books
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Author of ‘Race into space - the Soviet space programme’ (1988), ‘The new Russian space programme’ (1994), ‘Russia in space - the failed frontier?’ (2001), ‘Two roads into space - the Japanese and Indian space programmes’ (1998), ‘The Chinese space programme - from conception to future capabilities’ (1997), ‘The Chinese space programme - from conception to manned spaceflight’ (2004), ‘Europe’s space programme’ (2003), ‘Two roads to the moon’ (with Dave Shayler)(forthcoming), ‘Russian planetary exploration’ (forthcoming), ‘Latest in space 2007’ (forthcoming), all Praxis titles. Writer on articles on spaceflight for Astronomy Now, Orbit, Spaceflight, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS), Space Chronicle, Astronomy & Space, Sunday Press, Quest, Irish Independent. Broadcaster for RTE, BBC (Radio 4, World Service), Canadian Broadcasting.

Table of Contents

Author’s Preface and Acknowledgements.- Flight of the Shenzhou.- Origins - The Fiery Dragon.- Dong Fang Hong - The East is Red.- Expanding the Space Programme.- Communications and Conspiracies.- Applying the Space Programme.- Behind the Scenes.- Launch Centres, rockets and their engines.- Shuguang - False Dawn.- The Shenzhou Precursor Mission.-Future of China in Space.- Listing of Chinese satellite launches.- Milestones in the development of the Chinese Space Programme.- Glossary.- Bibliography, further reading and websites.- Index

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