A reference with details on launch programs in Brazil, China,
Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, and the United
States. Packed with illustrations and figures, this edition has
updated, expanded, and standardized performance data. New Features:
New systems included are Angara, Beal's BA-2, Delta III and IV,
H-IIA, VLS, LeoLink, Minotaur, Soyuz 2, Strela, Proton M, Atlas III
and V, Dnepr, Kistler's K-1, Shtil, with details on Sea Launch
using the Zenit vehicle. Updated flight records with added details
(e.g. payload mass, delivery orbit, manifest type). More detailed
failure descriptions. Reorganized alphabetically by system to
reflect the international cooperation in vehicle development,
marketing, and operation. SI units used throughout. There is a
chapter on spaceports, with detailed maps. Standard sections
describe each of the launch systems in detail, including: one-page
vehicle summaries, cost, availability, performance graphs for a
variety of orbits, flight history and failure descriptions, vehicle
design and technical data, payload accommodations, production and
launch operations, and vehicle history.
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