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'From de Gaulle to ExoMars: European-Russian cooperation in space'

By Brian Harvey Space Author and Broadcaster

7PM Monday 12th of July.


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The story of spaceflight is often told as rivalry, a 'race' between its superpowers - but there is also a long history of cooperation between them.  President de Gaulle visited Baikonour cosmodrome in 1966 to begin cooperation between the Soviet Union and France, followed by Germany, Britain, Sweden and the other European Space Agency countries.  Such cooperation involved space science, human spaceflight, industry and facilities (e.g. Soyuz rocket in French Guyana) and culminated in the still-running ExoMars programme to explore Mars.  This presentation explores why they cooperated, which countries more than others, who gained, who lost, the missed opportunities, how they overcame language and institutional difficulties, all set against the background of suspicion, spying, intrigue, politics and the old and new cold wars.


Brian Harvey is a writer and broadcaster on spaceflight who lives in Ireland.  He has a degree in history and political science from Dublin University (Trinity College) and a MA from University College Dublin.  His first book was Race into space - the Soviet space programme (Ellis Horwood, 1988), followed by further publications on the Russian, Chinese, European, Indian and Japanese space programmes, the most recent being China in space - the great leap (2nd, edition, Springer-Paxis, 2019), now being translated into Chinese for publication there.  His other books and chapters have been translated into Russian, Chinese and Korean.  His most recent book, just published, is European-Russian cooperation in space - from de Gaulle to ExoMars ( ).



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Monday 12th July




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From deGaulle to Exomars



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