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China in Space: The Great Leap Forward (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) [Paperback]

Brian Harvey

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27 Mar 2013 146145042X 978-1461450429 2013

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.

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“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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The 21st century has seen the emergence, after the Soviet Union and the United States, of the third great space superpower: China. Here, in China in Space - The Great Leap Forward, Brian Harvey takes a contemporary look at the new Chinese space program.

China has already launched its first space station, Tiangong; has sent its first spacecraft to the Moon, the Chang e; and has plans to send spaceships to Mars and further afield. China's annual launch rate has already overtaken those of both Europe and the United States. Huge new production plants and launch centers are under construction, to build and launch the new family of Long March 5, 6, and 7 rockets. In Roadmap 2050, the Academy of Sciences indicates that China intends to be the leading spacefaring nation by mid-century, with bases on the Moon and Mars.

This book gives an informed, fully up-to-date commentary on all aspects of the Chinese space program, including its history, development, technology, missions, and the personalities involved. It lists all the Chinese launches, missions, and terminology, going behind the press releases to draw on hitherto unused scientific papers and sources. China in Space is a unique, forward-looking account of the Chinese space program, covering its full range of missions: manned, communications, scientific, military, technology-testing, and lunar.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 13 May 2013
By foxmulder_ms - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. It is not only a great source about Chinese space projects but also a great read which I finished in only 2 days. The Flight of Yang Liwei is written so well I've get goosebumps!

Very balanced look at Chinese space exploration, no political prejudice or anything like that.

There are little mistakes here and there such as H-6 being a Chinese Tu-95 :) but nothing major.

I suggest everyone who are interested in space exploration to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must to understand better the Chinese space program 12 Jan 2014
By Haubrechts Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
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An outstanding book for the casual reader interested by the Chinese space program. It is an understatement to say that western medias don’t report about the Chinese space program in a rational, balanced and neutral mode. Most of the time, they insist on failures or controversial issues. ( Just consider the lack of media exposure about Cheng e 3, moon landing and robot deployment, first time successful, compared with similar western events )

This is why such a book allows the reader to get some better, unbiased and exhaustive information. The book organization is a bit puzzling, being organized by programs, and not, as you would expect, as an historical report of the development of China’s space effort. Starting by the latest ( at printing time ) achievement, Tiangong, the author examines each program in an historical manner. Each chapter is dedicated to a program, and is ended by a recap table of the program, making it a excellent way of learning about a specific program without having to read the entire book. ( what you should do anyway ! ).
The book ends with a description of the future projects, space launchers, moon landing, space station,etc. giving a very good insight of the state of projects at this point of time.
One of the surprises I had was to realise how much information Chinese provide about their programs, and the publicity given before launches, as well as their policy to make them public beforehand, a complete change from the USSR way during the cold war. This is to be put in contrast with what you get through our western medias concerning Chinese space events.
One thing I discovered in the book was how much the USA did to try to counter the development of the Chinese space effort, from banning them access to the ISS, to trying to prevent any commercial activity in Telecom satellites.
At the end of the book, a complete recap of the launches till June 2012 is provided with all the basic orbital parameters for each launch.

This book helped me getting a better understanding of China's approach for solving problems, looking at the way they did for their space program.
No doubt the next man on the moon will be Chinese.
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me? 23 April 2014
By Gadgester - Published on Amazon.com
On p.335, in the section on Mars 500, the guys calls the Chinese doctor "Chinaman." Ridiculous. Can't believe he can be so racist.
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