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China in Space

The Great Leap Forward


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Brian Harvey
    Pages 1-27
  3. Brian Harvey
    Pages 29-50
  4. Brian Harvey
    Pages 51-103
  5. Brian Harvey
    Pages 105-133
  6. Brian Harvey
    Pages 135-171
  7. Brian Harvey
    Pages 173-226
  8. Brian Harvey
    Pages 227-256
  9. Brian Harvey
    Pages 257-310
  10. Brian Harvey
    Pages 311-343
  11. Brian Harvey
    Pages 345-374
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 375-399

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.


China space program Chinese lunar exploration Chinese space exploration Chinese spacewalk Contemporary China studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dublin 6WIreland

About the authors

Brian Harvey is an established Praxis author of many books in the Springer-Praxis Space Exploration program on the Russian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, European space programs. He was the Editor of the Space Exploration 2007 annual and is Joint Editor of Space Exploration 2008 trivia. He has written many articles for 'Spaceflight' magazine, 'Orbit,' 'Astronomy and Space' and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and regular broadcasts on spaceflight for RTE, the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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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)