In Europe's Space Programme - to Ariane and Beyond , author Brian Harvey begins with the fledgling European rocket effort of the 1930s and the key pioneers of the period, examining the significance of the V-2 and the technological advances represented by its development. He shows how the Russians and Americans put their captured V-2s to work, but the European countries were slower to respond. Both Britain and France developed national space programmes in the 1950s and 1960s and the early attempts at European co-operation for launcher development - ELDO and ESRO - are described. The formation of the European Space Agency and the origins of the successful Ariane launcher programme are discussed and Europe's subsequent success in the world launcher market, its cutting-edge role in space applications and European manned spaceflight, are all described in detail.Although the Russians supplied a Soyuz spacecraft as an assured crew return vehicle (CRV) or lifeboat, NASA ... At the ESA council meeting held in Brussels on 23-24 June 1998 approval was given for the start of improvements in the Ariane ... Several problems showed up during the lengthy 45, 000 seconds of engine testsanbsp;...
|Title||:||Europe's Space Programme|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2003-02-14|