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Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft [Paperback]

Rex Hall , David Shayler
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May 7 2003 1852336579 978-1852336578 2003

Rex Hall and Dave Shayler provide a unique history of the Soyuz spacecraft programme from conception, through development to its use, detailed in the only English language book available on this topic. Planned for publication in 2003, it will celebrate 40 years since the original concept of the Soyuz craft.


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"Reading this extremely well researched book will show how this admirable concept, once very much on course to reach the moon earlier than the USA, became a victim of it's own diversity. The authors lead us through this tangled web of Russian design and decision process, which does evoke some sympathy for the frustrated engineers concerned and for a facet of the Russian programme, which could have promise so much. This is a superb acquisition for any library or student of the field."


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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, But What a Rough Read! July 13 2004
Format:Paperback
This book adds a lot of insight into how the Soviet and now Russian Space programs developed and refined Soyuz. It will leave you with a solid knowledge of what a workhorse it is - not as sexy as the Shuttle - more like a crew cab pickup truck that just gets better and better with every version release. The majority of the book has great relevant technical detail with some good yarn spinning to add flavor. The functional relationship between Soyuz and Salyut, MIR and ISS is nicely detailed in this book.
With that said, it's a shame the authors released it with out more editing. There is one section that clearly was published in draft form with the notations left in for further clarification or to add more information at a later date. It is actually kind of amusing that the authors where using a shorthand at one point that was meant to be searched and replaced - and they didn't - thus they share there cute nickname for the Russians.
The authors should be applauded for the hard work they put into researching and assembling this book. The publisher should be spanked for not finding them a couple of hungry graduate engineering assistants to help turn this into something more readable
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive But Muddy Reading June 9 2004
Format:Paperback
* Rex Hall and David Shayler's SOYUZ -- A UNIVERSAL SPACECRAFT
provides a history of the Soviet-Russian Soyuz manned space capsule.
It outlines the origin and evolution of the spacecraft, discussing
variants planned for manned lunar missions and those used in Earth
orbit missions, including both stand-alone flights and space-station
ferry flights. It also discusses the Progress unmanned freighter
derivative. Spacecraft technology is described in detail, as are all
the flights.
This is an impressively comprehensive book and a very valuable
reference for a serious spaceflight enthusiast. Unfortunately, it is
flawed by the fact that the writing is uninspired and unimpressive.
The authors start at A and go to Z, filling up the space between with
details. To be sure, trying to document a sequence of dozens of
spaceflights in adequate detail and not glaze a reader's eyes over is
difficult, but SOYUZ is simply cluttered. It's about 470 pages long;
it would have been more readable if it had been about 300 pages and
lost nothing. I had to roll my eyes at the authors' focus on details
when they starting giving background information on the pilot of a
helicopter that picked up some cosmonauts.
The authors also should have provided a hierarchical structure that
would have made the material easier to follow. If I had tried to
write a book like this, I would have written a four-page survey of it
and used it as an introduction -- then written a 40-page short version
and used it as the first chapter, or broken it up and used it to
provide introductory overviews for each chapter.
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The Soviet/Russian space program has already operated 4 space stations ( Salyut-series, Mir, ISS ). This book by BIS president Rex D. Hall focuzes on the story of the Soyuz spacecraft which has been used to bring both visitors and resident crews to the Space Stations. An integral element of Salyut , Mir and Internatioanl Space Station ISS operations, the small ferry has been the mainstay of cosmonaut transportation since 1967. In addition, since 1978 the unmanned freighter version called Progress has provided a means in which to regularly re-supply a space station and so prolong its orbital lifetime.
Using authentic Soviet and Russian sources this book is the first known work in the west dedicated to revealing the full story of the Soyuz series. The book describes Mission Hardware and Support Docking Missions from 1966 - 70 , the 1971-81 Soyuz Manned Ferry, the 1978 onwards Progress Cargo-Resupply Ferry , the 1979 - 86 Soyuz T manned ferry, the updated Soyuz TM, 1986 - 2002 to Mir and the very latest Soyuz TMA which has become the vehicle to bring crews to ISS since the accident of shuttle Columbia.
An excellent reference work (it includes a complete listing of vehicle production numbers ), the only minus I see is that this book is not available in Hardcover ...
Philip CORNEILLE
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, But What a Rough Read! July 13 2004
By Christopher J. Wootten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book adds a lot of insight into how the Soviet and now Russian Space programs developed and refined Soyuz. It will leave you with a solid knowledge of what a workhorse it is - not as sexy as the Shuttle - more like a crew cab pickup truck that just gets better and better with every version release. The majority of the book has great relevant technical detail with some good yarn spinning to add flavor. The functional relationship between Soyuz and Salyut, MIR and ISS is nicely detailed in this book.
With that said, it's a shame the authors released it with out more editing. There is one section that clearly was published in draft form with the notations left in for further clarification or to add more information at a later date. It is actually kind of amusing that the authors where using a shorthand at one point that was meant to be searched and replaced - and they didn't - thus they share there cute nickname for the Russians.
The authors should be applauded for the hard work they put into researching and assembling this book. The publisher should be spanked for not finding them a couple of hungry graduate engineering assistants to help turn this into something more readable
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited reference book on Soviet Russian Spaceflight April 19 2004
By Philip Corneille - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Soviet/Russian space program has already operated 4 space stations ( Salyut-series, Mir, ISS ). This book by BIS president Rex D. Hall focuzes on the story of the Soyuz spacecraft which has been used to bring both visitors and resident crews to the Space Stations. An integral element of Salyut , Mir and Internatioanl Space Station ISS operations, the small ferry has been the mainstay of cosmonaut transportation since 1967. In addition, since 1978 the unmanned freighter version called Progress has provided a means in which to regularly re-supply a space station and so prolong its orbital lifetime.
Using authentic Soviet and Russian sources this book is the first known work in the west dedicated to revealing the full story of the Soyuz series. The book describes Mission Hardware and Support Docking Missions from 1966 - 70 , the 1971-81 Soyuz Manned Ferry, the 1978 onwards Progress Cargo-Resupply Ferry , the 1979 - 86 Soyuz T manned ferry, the updated Soyuz TM, 1986 - 2002 to Mir and the very latest Soyuz TMA which has become the vehicle to bring crews to ISS since the accident of shuttle Columbia.
An excellent reference work (it includes a complete listing of vehicle production numbers ), the only minus I see is that this book is not available in Hardcover ...
Philip CORNEILLE
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4.0 out of 5 stars complete coverage of Soyuz and Progress flights July 13 2006
By Mark Wahl - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides an overview of the Soyuz hardware and Soyuz flights up through the Soyuz TMA, with in-depth coverage of many early flights. It also includes a substantial chapter on the Progress. There are numerous black and white illustrations and photographs.

Note that book does not focus on operations on-board the Salyut, Almaz, Mir or ISS stations, only on getting there/back and docking.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read on Soviet Spaceflight Jan. 20 2008
By Robert K. Andrepont - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would say that this book, along with the authors' Rocket Men and David Harland's Mir are the three most important books on the Soviet Space program and it's equipment. For almost 40 years the Soyuz has been the workhorse of the Soviet/Russian space program, this book chronicles the first 36 years. Both the human side and hardware are covered.
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