Part I: Soyuz in the East.- The V-2's heir.- Designing the Semyorka.- The Council of Chief Designers.- Korolev's Subsidiaries.- The Various Versions.- The Launch Bases.- Part II: Soyuz in the West.- A Fantasy Launcher.- East meets West.- Genesis of Starsem.- Europeans on the Steppe.- Russians in the Jungle.- Soyuz - Launcher of the Future.
Christian Lardier has been space editor at Air & Cosmos (www.air-cosmos.com), an aerospace industry news source since 1994, and is the author of several magazine articles as well as the book "La cosmonautique sovietque" (Armand Colin, 1992). From 1991 to 1996, Lardier was accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. To write this book, "The Soyuz Launch Vehicle," Lardier worked with specialists at the State Research and Production Space-Rocket Center of Samara. Born in 1965, Stefan Barensky is a professional science and technology writer. He has been reporting on space technologies and industries since 1991 as an editor for multiple French and international space, trade, and political publications such as "Science & Vie," "Interavia," "Air & Cosmos," "Aero Defense News," and "European Voice." A former space transportation analyst at Euroconsult and Launchspace, and editor-in-chief of the Orbital Launcher Report monthly newsletter, he also witnessed the gradual Westernizing of Soyuz from the inside as an editorial consultant to Aerospatiale (now Astrium), Arianespace, CNES, ESA.