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U.S. - Russia Joint Ventures: Problems and Prospects

Program/Project Management Resource List #49

Revised Jan. 2012

Provided by the NASA Headquarters Library

In 1975, America and the Soviet Union successfully carried out the first joint manned mission in space, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Later, NASA worked with the Soviet space program on Mir. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia was the main beneficiary of over thirty years of Soviet spacefaring, including a great deal of experience in building and inhabiting space stations.

Our relationship with the Russians is vital. America and Russia are in the greatest outer space joint venture, along with other nations, the International Space Station. Over the next few years, the Russians will provide the vehicles to transport people between the Earth and the space station until commercial spacecraft can be trusted with this function.

This webpage serves as an introduction to the ways that Americans and Russians can work together on projects and avoid the minefield of cultural misunderstanding. Please see International Cooperation in Space for items that apply to all international joint ventures in outer space. If you are a NASA HQ employee, please consider subscribing to our news alert on Russia to get the latest news.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources


Eisenhower, Susan. Partners in Space: US-Russian Cooperation After the Cold War. Washington, DC: Eisenhower Institute, 2004. (ISBN: 0974439401)
TL788.4 .E36 2004 BOOKSTACKS
Godwin, Robert. Russian Spacecraft. Burlington, ONT: Apogee Books, 2006. (ISBN: 1894959396)
TL789.8 .R8 G63 2006 BOOKSTACKS
Harvey, Brian. The Rebirth of the Russian Space Program: 50 Years after Sputnik, New Frontiers. Berlin, Germany: Springer; Chichester, UK: Praxis Publishing, 2007. (ISBN: 9780387713540)
TL793.7 .H37 2007 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Russian Planetary Exploration: History, Development, Legacy, Prospects. Berlin, Germany; New York, NY: Springer; Chichester, UK: In association with Praxis Pub., 2007. (ISBN: 9780387463438)
TL789.8 R9 H367 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Oberg, James. Star-Crossed Orbits: Inside the U.S.-Russian Space Alliance. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2002. (ISBN: 0071374256)
TL789.8 .U5 O35 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Podvig, Pavel Leonardovich, and Hui Zhang. Russian and Chinese Responses to U.S. Military Plans in Space. Cambridge, MA: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008. (ISBN: 9780877240686)
UG1520 .P63 2008 BOOKSTACKS


The e-books listed below are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Axiom Press. Bering Guides: Business Travel in Russia. Axiom Press, 2003. (ISBN: 9781931694810)
Terterov, Marat (ed.). Doing Business with Russia: A Guide to Investment Opportunities & Business Practice. Global Market Briefings, 2005. (ISBN: 9781905050017)
The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the National Academies Press.
Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and their Effect on U.S. National Security. S&T Strategies of Six Countries: Implications for the United States. 2010. (ISBN: 9780309155717)
Schweitzer, Glenn E. Scientists, Engineers, and Track-Two Diplomacy: A Half-Century of U.S.-Russian Interacademy Cooperation. 2004. (ISBN: 9780309090933)

Articles and Reports

Gerber, T.P., and D.Y. Ball. "Scientists in a Changed Institutional Environment: Subjective Adaptation and Social Responsiblity Norms in Russia", Social Studies of Science, vol. XXXIX, no. 4 (July 31, 2009), p. 529-567.
Available online through the Dept. of Energy Information Bridge as document no. 965089.
Makarov, Yuri, and Dmitry Payson. "Russian space programmes and industry: Defining the new institutions for new conditions", Space Policy, vol. XXV, no. 2 (May 2009), p. 90-98.
Montluc, Bertrand de. "Russia's resurgence: Prospects for space policy and international cooperation", Space Policy, vol. XXVI, no. 1 (Feb. 2010), p. 15-24.
Perry, David R. Multi-National Cooperation in Space Operations, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, June 2005.
(ADA435561: (June 2005) DTIC)
Plakhotnik, Maria S. "Human Resource Development Practices in Russia: A Structured Literature Review", in: Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference, Estes Park, CO, Feb. 24-27, 2005.
(ED492223 (2005) ERIC)
Ritsher, Jennifer Boyd. "Cultural factors and the International Space Station", Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, vol. LXXVI, no. 6 Supp. (June 2005), p. B135-B144.

Internet Resources

Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Russia. NASA's Presence in Russia. 2011 [Jan. 26, 2012]
Eurockot Launch Services. 2012 [Jan. 26, 2012]
This is a joint venture between EADS Astrium, a European aerospace firm, and Khrunichev to provide low-cost launch services.
International Launch Services. Jan. 24, 2012 [Jan. 26, 2012]
This is an American firm which sells Khrunichev's launch services.
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. Jan. 26, 2012 [Jan. 26, 2012]
Oberg, James. Pioneering Space. Dec. 9, 2011 [Jan. 26, 2012].
Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency). July 25, 2011 [Jan. 26, 2012].
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. Jan. 26, 2012 [Jan. 26, 2012].
Space Research Institute (IKI). Dec. 19, 2011 [Jan. 26, 2012].

Last Updated: Jan. 2012