Europe’s Space Programme
To Ariane and Beyond
On 3 October 1942, the first modern rocket was built and flown by German scientists. Sixty years later, the European space industry is the third most successful programme in the world.
This book is the first comprehensive account of the development of the European space programme, from the pioneering work of the first inventors through to the successes and failures of the Ariane launcher enterprise.
The book highlights the contribution of the European Space Agency’s scientific programme and its continuing technological achievements, setting the programme in the context of the international space community.
Europe’s Space Programme gives a fascinating insight into the politics, science and organisation of the European space programme and the national enterprises involved.
Table of contents:
- List of figures
- List of tables
- The first real rocket
- European cooperation -- ELDO and ESRO
- The national space programmes
- The European Space Agency (ESA) (1974--)
- Scientific and applications programmes
- European manned spaceflight
- The future of Europe in space
- References and further reading
- List of European space launchings
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