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Astronautics

Summary and Prospects

Kiselev, Anatoli I., Medvedev, Alexander A., Menshikov, Valery A.

Translated by Nechaev, A., Sherbakov, V., Novichkov, N.

Original Russian edition published by Mashinostroenie-Polyot, Moscow, 2001

2003, XI, 592 p.

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The monograph by A.I.Kiselev, A.A. Medvedev and Y.A.Menshikov, Astronautics: Summary and Prospects, aroused enthusiasm both among experts and the public at large. This is due to the felicitous choice of presentation that combines a simple description of complex space matters with scientificsubstantiation of the sub­ jectmatter described. The wealth of color photos makes the book still more attractive, and it was nominated for an award at the 14th International Moscow Book Fair, being singled out as the "best publication of the book fair". The book's popularity led to a second edition, substantially revised and enlarged. Since the first edition did not sufficiently cover the issues of space impact on ecology and the prospective development of space systems, the authors revised the entire volume, including in it the chapter "Space activity and ecology" and the section "Multi-function space systems". Using the federal monitoring system, now in the phase of system engi­ neering, as an example, the authors consider the basic principles of building and the likely principal features of the future multi-role space systems capable of fulfilling a wide range of missions. Nowadays, space activity increasingly criticized by dedicated ecologists. This is not unfair. The development and utilization of space, like any other human activity, is invariably accompanied by such an untoward effect as envi­ ronmental pollution. This criticism, however, is often prejudiced and opinion­ ated.The authors attempt to look into the matter impartially and without bias.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Russia - Star - astronautics - cosmonautics - space exploration - space industry - space research - spaceports

Related subjects » Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy - Popular Science

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

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