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Emerging Space Powers: The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South-America [Paperback]

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

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Feb. 1 2010 1441908730 978-1441908735 2010

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)


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5.0 out of 5 stars Emerging Space Powers is an excellent contribution! April 3 2010
By Jack Kennedy Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Having previously read two books on China's Space Program by Brian Harvey and having a popular media awareness of the other Asian space powers, I immediately wanted to read Emerging Space Powers: The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South America, purchased it from Amazon, and read I did. The book is worthy of every serious space technology and policy buff. The authors Harvey, Smid, and Pirard have obviously expended serious time researching this current and timely book.

The work provides an overview of the direction of the would-be space powers now emerging in the global context. In many ways the book demonstrates how Russian, American, and to a lesser extent Chinese space technology transfer is impacting the global space market and space launch capacity. One can better understand how India's technology will place humans in orbit in this decade with others to subsequently follow by some means.

The Japanese spent hundreds of millions of USD in seeking to develop a mini-space shuttle 'HOPE-X'
as documented quite well in this work. It made me wonder how much of the Japanese R&D has gone into the USAF-DARPA X37-B to launched on an Atlas booster soon.

The most thought provoking realization from this book is how much Japan, India Brazil, Iran, Israel, North Korea and South Korea are doing at this moment to develop launch capability and place on the global commercial market. Moreover, it is interesting to learn the technology transfer flows from one nation to another. Russia appears to have the significant space launch niche in providing space launch development assistance.

This book is worthy. I purchased it at the more expensive pre-order price yet believe it to have been worth every cent. Having a significant space science and technology library, this book is an excellent supplement and contribution to place the Russian, American, and Chinese space launch programs in a larger global context. It provided one more reason to root for SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation to make breakthrough and open the commercial space launch market to American competition. Several nation are now 'in-play' as emerging space powers as the United States deliberates the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! March 27 2010
By erinrdwyer - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book! Not only is it exactly what I need I was able to get it from this vendor before it was available anywhere else this year! Thanks!

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