Academic journal article Air Power History

History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the 47th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, Beijing, China; V. 45 of the AAS History Series, and V. 33 of the IAA History Symposia

Academic journal article Air Power History

History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the 47th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, Beijing, China; V. 45 of the AAS History Series, and V. 33 of the IAA History Symposia

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History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the 47th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, Beijing, China; v. 45 of the AAS History Series, and v. 33 of the IAA History Symposia. Edited by Andrew S. Erickson and Rick W. Sturdevant. San Diego CA: Univelt, Inc. for the American Astronautical Society, 2015. Photographs. Illustrations. Notes. Index. Pp. 270. $95.00, paperback $75.00 ISBN 978-0-87703-625-8 (hard) and 978-0-87703-626-5 (soft)

Prepared under the direction of series editor Rick Sturdevant and, because of the subject matter, with distinguished China expert Andrew Erickson as volume editor, this edition of the hugely successful and influential History of Rocketry and Astronautics series is both historically informative and very timely.

Divided into three sections, it covers memoirs, organizational histories, and scientific and technical histories. The final section explores the origins and progression of the space program of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Readers will find the first two sections very useful--particularly Charles Lundquist's and Francis William's paper on Heinz-Hermann Koelle; Frank Winter's, Kerry Dougherty's, and Phillipe Cosyn's survey of reaction-propelled aircraft concepts in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries; and Tal Inbar's study of Israel's first satellite effort, the Ofek-1.

The third section is a very rich dish of papers, beginning with a fascinating examination of two important personalities: the Nazi-American rocketeer Rudolf Hermann, and Qian Xuesen (known more familiarly to American readers as Hsu-shen Tsien, a senior Caltech research colleague of the legendary Theodore von Karman), father of the PRC's rocketry and spaceflight program. …

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