The Soyuz Launch Vehicle [electronic resource] : The Two Lives of an Engineering Triumph / by Christian Lardier, Stefan Barensky.
Contributor(s): Barensky, Stefan [author.] | SpringerLink (Online service)Material type: TextSeries: Springer Praxis Books: Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer, 2013Description: XII, 500 p. 233 illus., 111 illus. in color. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781461454595Subject(s): Engineering | Popular works | Astronomy | Aerospace engineering | Astronautics | Engineering | Aerospace Technology and Astronautics | Popular Science, general | Popular Science in Astronomy | Física y Astronomía | Física y AstronomíaAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 629.1 LOC classification: TL787-4050.22Online resources: Texto completo
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Part I: Soyuz in the East -- The V-2’s heir -- Designing the Semyorka -- The Council of Chief Designers -- Korolev’s Subsidiaries -- The Various Versions -- The Launch Bases -- Part II: Soyuz in the West -- A Fantasy Launcher -- East meets West -- Genesis of Starsem -- Europeans on the Steppe -- Russians in the Jungle -- Soyuz – Launcher of the Future.
The Soyuz launch vehicle has had a long and illustrious history. Built as the world's first intercontinental missile, it took the first man into space in April 1961, before becoming the workhorse of Russian spaceflight, launching satellites, interplanetary probes, every cosmonaut from Gagarin onwards, and, now, the multinational crews of the International Space Station. This remarkable book gives a complete and accurate description of the two lives of Soyuz, chronicling the cooperative space endeavor of Europe and Russia. First, it takes us back to the early days of astronautics, when technology served politics. From archives found in the Soviet Union the authors describe the difficulty of designing a rocket in the immediate post-war period. Then, in Soyuz's golden age, it launched numerous scientific missions and manned flights which were publicized worldwide while the many more numerous military missions were kept highly confidential! The second part of the book tells the contemporary story of the second life of Soyuz, gathered from Western sources and interviews with key protagonists. It addresses the sensitive issue of the strategic choices that led to the establishment of Soyuz in French Guiana, describing the role of a few visionaries in Russia and in Europe who decided to leave their respective isolation behind and bring Syouz and Ariane together. In the final analysis, this book is a profound description of a formidable human adventure.