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Astronautics : summary and prospects
Kiselev, A. I.
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Publication Information:
Wien ; London : Springer, 2003.
Physical Description:
xi, 591 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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TL790 .K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The authors, leading representatives of Russian space research and industry, show the results and future prospects of astronautics at the start of the third millennium. The focus is on the development of astronautics in Russia in the new historical and economic conditions. The text spotlights the basic trends in space related issues before moving on to describe the possibilities of the wide use of space technologies and its numerous applications such as navigation and communication, space manufacturing, and space biotechnology. The book contains a large amount of facts described in a way understandable without specialist knowledge. The text is accompanied by many photographs, charts and diagrams, mostly in color.

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This translated popular Russian book is broadly divided into four sections: trends in global space exploration, trends in the development of astronautics in Russia, ground-based infrastructure, and space exploration and ecology. Now updated from the Russian edition, this futuristic book contains a new section on ecology as well as a good section on multifunctional spacecraft (i.e., platforms that can simultaneously handle communications, navigation, data relay, monitoring, etc.). Although its English is often awkward and needs spell-checking, and though the translator often appears unfamiliar with the technical content, the breadth and depth of coverage, particularly of the Russian space program, make up for its deficiencies because of its detail, its remarkable insight into the Russian planning process, and how they view the developments of space activity abroad, particularly in the US. The excellent section on the militarization of space describes military spacecraft missions and suppression techniques used to prevent an adversary from getting information. Future soldier support is detailed. There are many good color pictures, figures, and diagrams; a 99-entry bibliography; six pages of abbreviations; and an inadequate five-page index organized by function (e.g., boosters, launchers, spacecraft, propulsion systems, etc.) rather than alphabetically. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association

Table of Contents

Preface to the English language edition
Preface to the Russian edition Introduction
Trends in global space exploration - Global astronautics, a general survey Orbital facilities as they are
Foreign launch facilities
Spaceports of the world
Spacecraft control systems abroad
The present state of the art and the prospect for the future
Trends in restructuring Aerospace Industry
Reliability as the basis of efficient functioning of space systems in the future
Space and national security
The Main Trends in Development of Astronautics in Russia
A leap in improvement of orbital facilities
Russia's launch vehicles
Manned astronautics as the trend line
Power plants and propulsion units of space rocketry
The necessity of dual use technologies in space
The Ground-Based Infrastructure Russia's spaceports, state and prospects
The state and prospects of development of spacecraft ground-based facilities and control systems
Operation systems
The state and prospective development
The prospects of development of software for space
Space exploration and ecology: Space contribution to ecology
The impact of space and missile technology on the environment
Pollution of the Earth's surface
Near-earth space and space exploration
Environment-friendly space technology has no alternatives
International law aspects of space ecology