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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)
If you ever wanted to know more about Energiya or Buran, go no further and get this now! If you are interested in the Space Shuttle in general and want to see what the USSR was up... Read morePublished 13 days ago by ---K---
Hendreckx has written an in-depth analysis of the evolution of Soviet/Russian reusable spacecraft. Highly technical descriptions are used in some areas, yet Hendrecks provides the... Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by Thomas A. Vasiloff
...as are most books in the Springer/Praxis series.
This book not only covers the Energiya-Buran combination but every Soviet/Russian winged spacecraft design or concept... Read more