Ambitions and Reality

Parviz Tarikhi

THE IRANIAN SPACE ENDEAVOR: Ambitions and Reality For those who see the trend of progress and movement of the Iranian space endeavor from the outside, it can be difficult to understand what goes on behind the scenes. However, for one who observes these events firsthand, they take on a very different meaning. In this book, the author brings new and different profiles of Iran's space endeavor to light. Iran claims to be the ninth leading country in the world capable of manufacturing satellites and launching them, plans to land an astronaut on the Moon within a decade, and says its own president plans to be the first Iranian astronaut to travel into space. The author presents in this book that not all of these claims are quite as they seem. In addition to technical explanations, the book also includes historical, legal, social and cultural aspects of Irans's space program as well. It is the author's goal to create a tangible feeling of Iran's space endeavor for the readers.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. From air into space: formation of infrastructures
3. Education, research and public awareness for capacity building
4. International cooperation: a progressive approach
5. Legislation, managerial and adminstrational turmoil
6. Research hamstrung by the bureaucracy
7. Disfavored applications and services
8. Development of domestic space apparatus and launchers
9. Space plans: ambitions, short-sightedness and paranoia
10. Breaching the principles and ethical crisis
11. Concluding discussion and future outline

Appendix: Statutes of the Iranian Space Agency
Collected references
About the author
People index
Subject index

Extent: 314 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2014
ISBN: 978-3-319-05346-2

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