Space Exploration

China in Space

The Great Leap Forward

Authors: Harvey, Brian

  • Includes much generally unknown information on the missions, personalities, spacecraft, launchers, budgets, and future plans
  • Authoritative and investigative information provided in a lively and factual narrative
  • Discusses the role of China in the international spacefaring community
  • Contains easy to access lists and descriptions of all Chinese launches and missions
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About this book

Rockets were invented in China, the home of many modern inventions, including ancient astronomy, and were used originally for military purposes in the 13th century. The Chinese space program was founded in October 1956 by the father of Chinese rocketry, Tsien Hsue Shen, who lived in California in the 1930s until his expulsion as a Chinese spy.

In recent times there have been three manned spaceflights, highlighting China’s ambitious space program and generating worldwide interest. Future missions are planned, including a mission to go to Mars.

The explosive growth of China’s innovative and rapidly developing space program in recent years has made it a "hot" topic in international space policy. This follow up to Harvey's earlier book, China's Space Program - From Conception To Manned Spaceflight (2004) bring us up to date with everything that is happening in the Chinese space program today and looks at its ambitious future. The author briefly summarizes how this program evolved from medieval times, and uncovers the truth behind the bland, unreliable, and generally uninformative news releases issued around each space mission. It also examines the key features of the program, previously unknown to the outside world.

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.

Reviews

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)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
China in Space
Book Subtitle
The Great Leap Forward
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5043-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5043-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5042-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 399
Number of Illustrations and Tables
40 b/w illustrations, 109 illustrations in colour
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