The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes

Two Roads into Space

Brian Harvey

The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes The Japanese and Indian Space Programme tells the story of two nations and the contrasting development of their space programmes.

Japan became the fourth nation in space in 1970, having begun its commitment to a space programme as early as the 1950s. Since then, Japan has become one of the most successful spacefaring nations, having flown space probes to the Moon, Mars and comet Halley.

Indiaís space programme is a unique attempt to put space research at the service of economic development. India has built rockets to place in orbit sophisticated satellites for use in weather forecasting, cyclone warning, Earth resources observations, communications and basic education.

Asia will be the leading region for space development in the early 21st century. This book compares and contrasts the Japanese and Indian space programmes, how they have developed and how they are likely to proceed in the future. It tells the story of the visionaries, the scientists and the engineers, with their successes, adventures, disappointments and dreams.

Brian Harvey received his BA in History and Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin in 1975 and his MA in History at the University College, Dublin in 1987. He works as a research consultant in the areas of poverty, homelessness, social exclusion and European affairs, and is a writer and broadcaster on space exploration and related themes. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a Gold Medal winner in the University Philosophical Society, Dublin. He is married to Judith Kiernan. They have a daughter, Valerie, and a son, Alistair.

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Extent: 209 pages
Binding: hardback
Publication Date: May 2000
ISBN: 978-1-85233-199-3

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