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Energiya-Buran: The Soviet Space Shuttle (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – October 4, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0387698489 ISBN-10: 0387698485 Edition: 2007th

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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2007 edition (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387698485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387698489
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Historians Hendrickx and Vis offer a history of the Soviet space shuttle and its attached rocket, one of the most powerful ever built. … This comprehensive history of the program, its technology, its designers, and its cosmonauts is an important contribution to the history of space technology, and is for those interested in space policy, engineering, systems, and history. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels." (A. M. Strauss, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (7), 2008)

"Hendrickx and Vis begin with an overview of Soviet spaceplane research and development stretching back to rocketplane designs of the 1930s before moving on to describing the origins of Energiya and Buran themselves. … Special note must also be made of the many excellent photos in this book, most of which have not been published in the West before. … a vital addition to the literature on the USSR/Russian space programme, and Hendrickx and Vis are to be congratulated on a job very well done!" (Liftoff, Issue 248, November-December, 2008)


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I find this book a must for any space buff like me.
Francisco Lameira
It is a well-researched work, with information very hard to find anywhere else.
A. O. Fortuna
Springer/Praxis sets the quality bar extremely high.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cassutt on December 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
The authors are two of the small number of space historians to have visited space facilities in Russia, getting to to know participants in programs like Energiya-Buran and performing hands-on research. The result of these efforts, ENERGIYA-BURAN, is a unique and comprehensive look at a fascinating chapter in the history of manned spaceflight. I can't imagine the subject being covered better than it is here.

Michael Cassutt
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James E. Oberg on January 5, 2008
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I've followed the Soviet space program for more than fifty years, and this is the best book ever written on the Buran shuttle -- and the best book ever LIKELY to BE written.

The authors had access so wide and so deep into the project that the narrative they created probably tells the reader a lot more -- and in useful context -- than even the program's managers knew themselves as they were working on it. The authors can do that because of their own decades of investigation into the shadows of Soviet space mysteries (I've been privileged to be their colleague on many of those quests), and their superbly-honed skills at analysis, organization, and explanation.

This book is more than a look backwards -- it's a lesson in how big space projects can go astray, even if they achieve technological success, because their fundamental rationale for existing was faulty from the start. All space program managers around the world -- Russia, China, the US, Japan, Europe, etc -- NEED these lessons from such 'bad examples' as Buran, and this book makes it possible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Lameira on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book comprises most of the public information on the subject so far in a well written volume of over 500 pages, making it the authoritative reference on the Energiya-Buran program.

Many of the well-known soviet space program historians/authors provided the authors with infos, most photos are from V. Bis and [...] own files.

I find this book a must for any space buff like me. A true treasure trove of information!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Rufener on June 11, 2009
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I anticipated dry information - as is found in many books of this type. Instead I got a well written, well organized account of a large portion of the Russian space program. As as an engineer I am frequently frustrated by lack of details or poorly understood concepts in books of this type, in this volume details atr given to allow you to really understand the hardware and procedures discussed. The authors clearly understand the big and small pictures here.

Higbly reccomended.
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