Space Exploration

Emerging Space Powers

The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South-America

Authors: Harvey, Brian, Smid, Henk H. F., Pirard, Theo

  • Introduces the origins and current status of the lesser known, yet still important, space programs of emerging countries such as Iran and Brazil
  • Includes important developments of the space programs of Japan and India from 1999 to 2007
  • Speculates on the future plans of emerging space powers and their impact on space leaders
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This work introduces the important emerging space powers of the world.

Brian Harvey describes the origins of the Japanese space program, from rocket designs based on WW II German U-boats to tiny solid fuel 'pencil' rockets, which led to the launch of the first Japanese satellite in 1970. The next two chapters relate how Japan expanded its space program, developing small satellites into astronomical observatories and sending missions to the Moon, Mars, comet Halley, and asteroids.

Chapter 4 describes how India's Vikram Sarabhai developed a sounding rocket program in the 1960s. The following chapter describes the expansion of the Indian space program. Chapter 6 relates how the Indian space program is looking ahead to the success of the moon probe Chandrayan, due to launch in 2008, and its first manned launching in 2014. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 demonstrate how, in Iran, communications and remote sensing drive space technology.

Chapter 10 outlines Brazil's road to space, begun in the mid-1960's with the launch of the Sonda sounding rockets. The following two chapters describe Brazil's satellites and space launch systems and plans for the future. Chapters 13 and 14 study Israel's space industry. The next chapters look at the burgeoning space programs of North and South Korea.

The book ends by contrasting and comparing all the space programs and speculating how they may evolve in the future. An appendix lists all launches and launch attempts to date of the emerging space powers.

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“Emerging Space Powers … discuss the space programs in Japan, India, Iran, Brazil, Israel, and North and South Korea. … Five appendixes provide a helpful list of launches for the nations discussed, a very good descriptive list of the space institutes in Iran … and a list of UN space treaties. … competently done and will interest those who want to learn about the history, technology, and potential of the space programs in these countries. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, general readers, and professionals.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 48 (1), September, 2010)

“In the 1950s and 60s, space activities were dominated by the two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. … Towards the end of the 20th Century and in the first decade of the current century, new players arrived on the scene, notably India, Korea … Brazil, Israel, and Iran. These up-and-coming space powers are the subject of this comprehensive account. Well illustrated throughout, this hefty tome is a valuable one-stop reference for the status of the programmes in emerging space nations … .” (Peter Bond, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1221), April, 2011)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Japan: Origins - the legacy of Hideo Itokawa

    Harvey, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 1-35

  • Japan: Into the solar system

    Harvey, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 37-99

  • Japan: Kibo and the Space Station

    Harvey, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 101-140

  • India: The vision of Vikram Sarabhai

    Harvey, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 141-172

  • India: Space technology and the villages

    Harvey, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 173-213

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-0873-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emerging Space Powers
Book Subtitle
The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South-America
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis Publishing Ltd., Chichester, UK
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0874-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0874-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0873-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
732
Number of Illustrations and Tables
100 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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