The Eastern Bloc's Early Space Program

Colin Burgess and Bert Vis

INTERKOSMOS: The Eastern Bloc's Early Space Program Interkosmos was a highly publicized Russian space program that rapidly became a significant propaganda tool for the Soviet Union in the waning years of communism. Billed as an international "research-cosmonaut" imperative, it was also a high-profile means of displaying solidarity with the nine participating Eastern bloc countries. Those countries contributed pilots who were trained in Moscow for week-long "guest" missions on orbiting Salyut stations. They did a litte subsidiary science and were permitted only the most basic mechanical maneuvers.

In this enthralling new book, and following extensive international research, the authors fully explore the background, accomplishments and political legacy of the Interkosmos program. Through personal and often highly revealing interviews with many of the participants they relate the very human story behind this extraordinary but controversial space venture.

Table of Contents


1. History and development of the Interkosmos program
2. First to fly: Czechoslovakia's cosmonaut
3. From Poland to Salyut-6
4. Sigmund Jähn and Soyuz-31
5. Bulgaria in space
6. Hungary joins the space club
7. A Vietnamese cosmonaut
8. The Cuban Salyut mission
9. From the steppes of Mongolia
10. Romania continues the program
11. Beyond the Interkosmos: Soyuz T-6
12. Soviet-Indian mission
13. A Syrian researcher on Mir
14. Bulgaria's second flight
15. Afganistan's cosmonaut-researcher
16. Chrétien in space again
17. The Interkosmos missions in retrospect
18. Philately and the Interkosmos program

About the authors

Extent: 321 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2016
ISBN: 978-3-319-24161-6

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