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The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes: Two Roads Into Space (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) [Hardcover]

Brian Harvey

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26 April 2000 1852331992 978-1852331993 2000
The development of the space industry in the Asian and Pacific Rim region provides the context for this book. The two major countries hoping for leadership in the area (apart from China) are Japan and India, both of whom have significant launcher capabilities.
There is a general introductory chapter which places the space programmes of the region in the comparative context of the other space-faring nations of the world. The author reviews the main space programmes of Japan and India in turn, concentrating on their origins, the development of launcher and space facilities, scientific and engineering programmes, and future prospects.
The book concludes with a chapter comparing how similarly/differently Japan and India are developing their space programmes, how they are likely to proceed in the future, and what impact the programmes have had in their own region and what they have contributed so far to global space research.

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'It is an informative read which shows that space was and not is just the preserve of the superpowers.' -- Spaceflight, Vol 43, Issue 5, 2001

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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 6 Aug 2003
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This was an interesting read. I liked it because it changed what I thought about India's and Japan's space programs, and because it was quick to read through. The inclusion of payload masses and engine specifications was useful to me.
It also appears to be thoroughly comprehensive in its cataloging of orbital launches (successes and failures) through 1999 (minus perhaps one from Japan). It also mentions sounding rockets developed and used.
One curious omission is any discussion of India's military or defense goals with its space program. Perhaps there really are none, but the book describes tensions between the US and India over KVD-1 engine sales from Russia, suggesting to me that there is more of a story here than is told.
The limited budget information provided is insightful.
Certain sections are redundant and perhaps poorly written, but other than that, it wasn't bad.
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