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Interkosmos

The Eastern Bloc's Early Space Program

  • Colin Burgess
  • Bert Vis

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-xiii
  2. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 1-10
  3. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 11-34
  4. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 35-56
  5. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 57-76
  6. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 77-91
  7. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 92-109
  8. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 110-126
  9. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 127-142
  10. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 143-158
  11. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 159-183
  12. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 184-204
  13. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 205-223
  14. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 224-237
  15. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 238-251
  16. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 252-265
  17. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 266-284
  18. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 285-290
  19. Colin Burgess, Bert Vis
    Pages 291-307
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 308-321

About this book

Introduction

This book focuses on the Interkosmos program, which was formed in 1967, marking a fundamentally new era of cooperation by socialist countries, led by the Soviet Union, in the study and exploration of space. The chapters shed light on the space program that was at that time a prime outlet for the Soviet Union's aims at becoming a world power.

Interkosmos was a highly publicized Russian space program that rapidly became a significant propaganda tool for the Soviet Union in the waning years of communism. Billed as an international “research-cosmonaut” imperative, it was also a high-profile means of displaying solidarity with the nine participating Eastern bloc countries. Those countries contributed pilots who were trained in Moscow for week-long “guest” missions on orbiting Salyut stations. They did a little subsidiary science and were permitted only the most basic mechanical maneuvers.

In this enthralling new book, and following extensive international research, the authors fully explore the background, accomplishments and political legacy of the Interkosmos program. Through personal and often highly revealing interviews with many of the participants they relate the very human story behind this extraordinary but controversial space venture..

Keywords

Cooperation in Space Cosmonautics Eastern Bloc Cosmonauts Guest Cosmonauts International Spaceflight History Manned Spaceflight Rakesh Sarma Russian Space History Salyut Space Station Soviet Space Program Soviet/Bulgarian Spaceflight Soyuz Space Missions

Authors and affiliations

  • Colin Burgess
    • 1
  • Bert Vis
    • 2
  1. 1.BangorAustralia
  2. 2.VoorburgThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24163-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24161-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24163-0
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