About this book
The 21st century has seen the emergence, after the Soviet Union and the United States, of the third great space superpower: China. Here, in China in Space - The Great Leap Forward, Brian Harvey takes a contemporary look at the new Chinese space program.
China has already launched its first space station, Tiangong; has sent its first spacecraft to the Moon, the Chang e; and has plans to send spaceships to Mars and further afield. China's annual launch rate has already overtaken those of both Europe and the United States. Huge new production plants and launch centers are under construction, to build and launch the new family of Long March 5, 6, and 7 rockets. In Roadmap 2050, the Academy of Sciences indicates that China intends to be the leading spacefaring nation by mid-century, with bases on the Moon and Mars.
This book gives an informed, fully up-to-date commentary on all aspects of the Chinese space program, including its history, development, technology, missions, and the personalities involved. It lists all the Chinese launches, missions, and terminology, going behind the press releases to draw on hitherto unused scientific papers and sources. China in Space is a unique, forward-looking account of the Chinese space program, covering its full range of missions: manned, communications, scientific, military, technology-testing, and lunar.
- Book Title China in Space
- Book Subtitle The Great Leap Forward
- Series Title Springer Praxis Books
- Series Abbreviated Title Springer Praxis Books (formerly: Springer-Praxis Series)
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5043-6
- Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
- Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
- eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
- Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-5042-9
- eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-5043-6
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XV, 399
- Number of Illustrations 40 b/w illustrations, 109 illustrations in colour
Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
Popular Science in Astronomy
Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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From the reviews:“The book contains very good descriptions of the Chinese space program, including its bureaus, testing facilities, launching complexes, and rockets, and in-depth coverage of the wide range of Chinese satellites along with their functions and ground stations. … Useful for readers interested in space exploration and technology, or in Chinese capabilities and plans. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (2), October, 2013)