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cspg
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posted 01-31-2011 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russia's Future in Space: The Untold Story Revealed
by Anatoly Zak
This title is a richly illustrated book on the Russian vision for the future of space exploration in the next 40 years, against a backdrop of the dramatic history of the post-Soviet collapse and the remarkable recovery of the nation's space program during the past two decades. The exclusive content of the book and the photo-realistic quality of the author's artwork is based on internal strategy documents not available to the general public and therefore never seen before.

The material covers the most ambitious goals of the Russian space program, such as the construction of a permanent lunar base, an expedition to Mars, missions to asteroids and the moons of Jupiter. Russia's current effort to develop the next-generation manned spacecraft, its launch vehicle and the new launch sit, initiated in 2007, are also described in detail.

  • Springer-Praxis, 1st Edition., September 2011
  • 300 p. 300 illus. in color., Softcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-4419-9627-5

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posted 01-31-2011 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you document some of the "remarkable recovery of the (Russian) space program over the last two decades"? I see the loss of MIR, the need for US funding to build ISS modules and the reliance on a decades-old launcher as the current state of the Russian program. We've also witnessed the failure and ultimate destruction of the Buran program in that timeframe.

As for Russian goals for a permanent lunar base and visits into the solar system, I was not aware of these plans. In the USA we've learned that ambitious goals like these are often held back by political or financial realities - does the author discuss the Russian versions of these roadblocks, and how or why the Russian people might find the wherewithal to move forward with these plans?

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posted 01-31-2011 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anatoly runs RussianSpaceWeb.com, where he has been documenting the past, present and future of the Russian space program for over a decade.

I suspect his site's coverage of recent years developments and plans serves as the basis for his book...

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posted 02-16-2012 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The title has changed from The Next Sputniks: The Russian Space Plans Revealed to: Russia's Future in Space: The Untold Story.

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posted 02-16-2012 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by garymilgrom:
As for Russian goals for a permanent lunar base and visits into the solar system, I was not aware of these plans.

Russian national pride, and nostalgia for empire, dies hard. They can announce a "goal" of sending the Mariinsky Ballet Company on a tour of the Galilean moons; doesn't mean it's going to happen.

Though I suppose as an American I shouldn't jest. At least their "decades-old launcher" can still put people in LEO in 2012. More than we can say.

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posted 10-16-2012 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The author is trying to raise funds to maintain his website.

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posted 10-16-2012 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I already paid for the book almost two years ago.

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posted 03-07-2013 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Book no longer listed on Springer's website.

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This book has been retitled and changed publishers. Now set to be released by Apogee Prime, the new title is: Russia in Space: The Past Explained, The Future Explored.
To be published by Apogee Books in 2013, this large format, illustrated book is a unique attempt to visualize the future of astronautics through the eyes of Russian space engineers and to describe that nation's planning in space during the past several decades. Based on actual documents, it is the first comprehensive illustrated publication dedicated to the Russian vision for the future of manned spaceflight from the 1960s until today.

Lavishly illustrated with images of unparalleled artistic quality and technical accuracy, this edition:

  • puts the development of the Russian manned spacecraft into political and historical context;
  • uniquely describes the future of space exploration through the eyes of Russian space engineers and planners;
  • introduces little-known projects and proposals within the Russian space program;
  • describes past events and future plans in the historical context of the fall and rise of the Russian space program.
A table of contents and other details can be found on RussianSpaceWeb.com.

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posted 06-01-2013 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads-up. Any idea as to when it will be released?

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posted 06-01-2013 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anatoly posted on Facebook on May 23 that he just received his first copy of the book, so I would imagine the wider release will follow soon.

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posted 06-01-2013 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok. Hopefully it will be distributed via other channels because paying almost as much for postage than the book itself is ridiculous.

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posted 06-03-2013 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got word from Apogee Prime, the book is expected to be released on July 31.

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posted 06-05-2013 05:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spoon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to agree with regards to the shipping costs.

I have 'almost' ordered the book twice, but always baulked at the shipping cost to the UK of $30, almost the same as the current book price. I am sure I will eventually give in, as it will be a great publication. A shame that it is not due to be stocked by other outlets.

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Originally posted by Spoon:
A shame that it is not due to be stocked by other outlets.
I haven't heard that the book won't be distributed by other outlets (amazon). All Apogee Prime books have been in the past. If you want the discount then, yes, you'll have to go the publisher's website but then the discount is eaten up by the $30 postage...

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posted 09-09-2013 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AnatolyZak   Click Here to Email AnatolyZak     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finally got around to posting an update: The book is now shipping under a title: RUSSIA IN SPACE, The Past Explained, the Future Explored.

Print quality exceeded my wildest expectations: large size, color throughout, high-quality glossy paper. It is probably not an exaggeration to say that since Gagarin, Russian space plans did not get such a treatment.

Thank you everybody!

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posted 10-01-2013 04:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a review of the book in The Space Review.

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posted 10-22-2013 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And this week, also in the Space Review, an interview of the author by Dwayne Day.

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Signed copies are now available. Thank you, everybody!

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For those in Washington, D.C. area, I am preparing a multimedia presentation on the future of the Russian space program at the Air and Space Smithsonian Museum, as part of Space Policy and History Forum. I hope to include latest materials, which did not make it into the book. Will bring copies of the book with me. Details here.

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