Science and Technology in the Soviet Union

Tracking spirit of space co-operation

When the United States was pushing the frontiers of space exploration to the moon and beyond, strategic communications links in Australia played a highly publicised role in the missions.

Wednesday, 9 November, 2011, 12:00am

Singaporean firm hopes its craft will take wing in China

Cruising at 90 knots, six metres above Qinghai Lake or the Yangtze River as an alternative to a choppy ferry ride could become reality if a Singaporean company realises its ambitions.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

At Heaven's door

The Asian space race is in full flight now that India has launched a moon probe to catch up to those sent lunar-wards last year by China and Japan. Indian scientists next plan to equal Chinese successes with manned flights and are likewise working to put astronauts on the moon. South Korea is well on the way to following suit.

24 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

China's space team need bringing in from the cold

The launch of the moon-orbiting Chang'e I marks another milestone in China's emergence as a spacefaring nation. Named after the moon goddess, the orbiter will be the first in a series of missions to the moon and beyond. Hopefully, it will mark a new stage in the peaceful exploration of space, instead of being another step in a growing space race among nations.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Out of this world

Fifty years of innovation

October 4, 1957: Sputnik 1 launched, starting the great space race

November 3, 1957: Sputnik 2 launched, carrying living passenger, a dog called Laika

October 1, 1958: Nasa, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is set up

April 12, 1961: Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes first man in space

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Sputnik's children

A 585mm-wide silver ball weighing 83.6kg seems an innocent enough invention. That it changed the way the world saw itself when the Soviet Union launched it into space, 50 years ago next Thursday, gives us pause for thought given the rise of China. Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, started the space race.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Secret to Soviet spies' legendary drinking prowess finally revealed - perhaps

The makers of hangover cure KGB claim it is one of the last secrets to come out of the former Soviet Union - and say no one should be surprised the Russians succeeded in finding such a remedy ahead of western companies.

7 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Why make a late entry for 42-year-old space race?

WHAT IS THE point? I cannot be the only person to have asked that question on reading that China is on the verge of a manned space mission following the successful launch and recovery on Sunday of another test capsule.

7 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

40 years on from Sputnik

Forty years ago today, the space race began. The Soviet Union surprised the world - and shocked the United States - with the launch of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to go into orbit.

4 Oct 1997 - 12:00am