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A Bunch of Plumbers£9.00
By John Newcomb
The Unsung Heroes of the American Space Program
A Bunch of Plumbers is the behind-the-scenes story of how NASA engineers, armed with butcher paper, slide rules, and punch card computers, accomplished two of the most successful missions of the 20th century-the Lunar Orbiter Project that placed five spacecraft around the Moon and photographed the proposed Apollo Landing Sites, and the Viking Project that succeeded, against all odds, in placing two landers on the surface of Mars in 1976.
John Newcomb’s account is a tribute to the Lunar Orbiter and Viking Project Teams and the thousands of other engineers who were the unsung heroes of the space race. Woven throughout this book are stories of extraordinary people like Derwood, who launched rockets from Wallops and continued to play the violin despite losing an arm in a launch accident; superstitions like Lee Scherer’s lucky coat; and Newcomb’s save-the-day calculation involving rolls of butcher paper. It is a wild ride mixed with sobering realities of sacrifice and dedication.
And …you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this book.
Aurora In Search of the Northern Lights£18.99
By Melanie Windridge
The beautiful aurorae, or northern lights, are the stuff of legends. The ancient stories of the Sami people warn that if you mock the lights they will seize you, and their mythical appeal continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people across the globe.
Aurora explores the visual beauty, ancient myths and science of the northern lights and challenges the popular theory of how the lights are formed. Plasma physicist Melanie Windridge explains this extraordinary and evocative phenomenon, a scientific marvel unlike any other in which the powers of astronomy, geology, magnetism and atomic physics combine to create one of the wonders of the natural world.
As Melanie travels in search of the perfect aurora, she uncovers the scientific realities of this plasmic phenomenon full of natural power. She combines the science behind the lights with a fascinating travelogue as she pursues the aurora across the northern hemisphere – from the Arctic Circle to Scotland.
Britain and Human Space Flight£7.50
by Richard Farrimond
A product of exhaustive scholastic research, Richard Farrimond explores the somewhat chequered story of the UK’s involvement with human space flight. From the prophetic 17th century writings of Dr John Wilkins, a co-founder of the Royal Society, to the assignment of Tim Peake to represent ESA aboard the International Space Station in 2015, this book is a tour-de-force of efforts to get Britons into space.
Selected and trained as a Payload Specialist for NASA’s Shuttle, Richard Farrimond brings a unique perspective to the story of how UK scientists, engineers and advocates struggled amid indifference and complacency to trounce bureaucracy and gain British participation in this most exciting expression of human achievement.
From a dissertation he wrote for a Master of Arts degree at Kings College, London, Richard Farrimond, a former colonel in the British Army and senior professional in the UK space industry has written a unique and incisive analysis in a 96 page document that tells for the first time the ups and downs of the UK’s human space flight initiative. With a foreword by Helen Sharman.
De Havilland Blue Streak£15.00
By Charles H Martin
Little has been written or published within the public domain about the UK's Blue Streak project and this book was complied by the late Charles H. Martin, who worked on the project for many years, to record some of the data and fascinating background information before it becomes lost for ever. The subject is approached largely from the view of the prime contractor and so is an important piece in the jigsaw of a project that involved many organisations and individuals throughout the UK.
Interplanetary – A History of the British Interplanetary Society£9.00
This volume provides a single history of the Society, drawn from a number of sources, each written from the perspective of the various authors and their involvement with the Society. Other histories could have been written from different perspectives, perhaps by commentators who have no intimate links with the Society at all. What marks out the accounts contained in this book is the proximity of their authors to the events in question. In this respect the book bears unique witness to the Society, its evolution and its achievements over 75 years.
My Life on Mars – The Beagle 2 Diaries£7.50
North American X-15 1954-1968 (X-15, X-15B & Delta Wing models)£20.00
A unique Haynes Manual, providing fascinating technical insight into the development and use of rocket planes, focusing on the iconic X-15, which carried out much of the development work for the Apollo and Space Shuttle space programmes. As of July 2015, the X-15 still holds the world record for the highest speed ever attained by a manned aircraft, at 4,520mph (Mach 6.72)! The X-15 was flown by a band of elite test pilots, including the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. The X-15 made 199 flights between 1959 and 1968, several of which were above the line considered to be the arbitrary altitude where space begins. The engaging text, extensively illustrated with period photographs and technical illustrations, explains how the vehicle worked, what it pioneered for future applications in more conventional aircraft and manned spacecraft developed by NASA from 1958, and what it was like to fly.
Project Boreas – A Station for the Martian Geographic North Pole£7.50
Continuing in the long line of visionary BIS projects, Project Boreas summarises the three year deliberations of a group of BIS members and non-members on the design of a station for the Martian Geographic North Pole. The volume describes the base design, science and exploration objectives, communications, history of Mars polar studies, human factors studies, life support and many other factors neccesary for the explorers to spend nearly two Martian years at the Martian pole. The volume should be a valuable and unique document for anyone with an interest in Mars/planetary exploration and the challenges of building and operating extraterrestrial bases.
Project Daedalus: Demonstrating the Engineering Feasibility of Interstellar Travel£18.00
Forward by BIS President Bob Parkinson
A re-publication of the BIS Project Daedalus papers, first published in 1978. Includes one of the first technical papers on interstellar travel by Les Shepherd published in 1952 as well as a 1986 post-Project Daedalus review paper by Alan Bond and Tony Martin.
RAE Farnborough – Space Department: A History£10.00
This book is a comprehensive history of the Space Department at the RAE Farnborough written by the scientists and engineers who actually worked in it. As such it provides a unique first-hand account of the pioneering work of the Department and the vagaries of the political decisions that affected its activities from its formation in 1962 through to 2001 when the Establishment, after several changes in title, was privatised as Qinetiq.
In its heyday in the 1960’s and 70’s the Department had hundreds of workers employed on a wide range of satellite technologies and programmes as well as rockets, launch vehicles and orbital mechanics. The RAE Space Department was highly influential in the development of space technology in the UK and Europe with many of its staff moving to senior positions in what became the European Space Agency. With its technical and organisational content, leavened by anecdotes, this book fills a major gap in the UK history of UK space exploration. It is essential reading for any serious space enthusiast.
by David Baker (former NASA scientist and the Editor of BIS Spaceflight magazine)
Today, modern high performance combat aircraft can easily exceed Mach 2, and some highly refined designs have exceeded Mach 3.
Yet there was a time when even the speed of sound was a barrier to fast aircraft. Even as the jet engine was becoming accepted, just after the end of the Second World War, the development of high-speed flight was in its infancy.
Turning to rocket propulsion, an intrepid band of test pilots pitted skill against danger and deliberately flew into harm's way to test the limits and burst through the so-called sound barrier. From Chuck Yeager's record-breaking flight in October 1947 - when he became the first pilot to exceed Mach 1 - to routine flights to Mach 6 with the X-15 more than 15 years later, this publication tells the story of rocketplanes that paved the way for the supersonic aircraft of today.
But that was not an end, merely a beginning.
Beyond the present, taking the rocketplanes story into the future, Virgin Galactic promises to make everyone a rocketplane passenger and achieve the ultimate thrill of flying in a winged aircraft powered by a rocket motor - beyond the atmosphere to the edge of space itself.
SPACE: Celebrating 50 Years of Human Space Flight£3.00
by David Baker (former NASA scientist and the Editor of BIS Spaceflight magazine)
A ‘megabook’ with 134 full-colour pages packed with details on early American rocket planes, Sputnik 1 and the US & Soviet Space Race (with a twist!), the Apollo Moon landings, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the Space Shuttle, Hubble, Mir, and the ISS, with a review of future missions.
Summerfield – The History of a Rocket Research Establishment£10.00
Research that began in America during 1942, when a rocket engineer watched roofers pour asphalt down, prompted the development of castable double-base propellants in the UK which, from the early 1950s, gave Summerfield a world-class role in producing these unique composites.
This detailed and highly readable book records the story of a facility near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, which has become a world name in quality research, development and manufacture for double-base propellants.
This book is a reprint and the BIS is once again making available what promises to remain the definitive history of this unique facility which, while absorbing personnel from Westcott and Waltham Abbey when those facilities closed, has maintained a reputation of the highest regard among rocket engineers in the UK, Europe and the United States.
The History of Mir 1986-2000 & Mir – The Final Year£3.50
This special offer is only available as a download due to Mir the Final Year being out of print.
The History of Mir 1986-2000
Human space flight will be influenced for generations to come by lessons learnt on Mir and this new BIS book chronicles its development as the first truly international space station. The story of Mir is remarkable - one of the great successes of modern space exploration. Continuously occupied in Earth orbit for 15 years, Mir's cosmonaut and astronaut visitors set many new space records. The book's contributors are all experts on aspects of the Soviet-Russian and American space programmes and "The History of Mir" is set to become a key reference work in its own right.
Mir - The Final Year
The Mir Space Station came down to Earth on 23 March 2001. This supplement completes the story told in the BIS publication 'The History of Mir 1986 - 2000'. Mir - The Final Year, covers details of the Final Re-entry Operations. It has updates on EVAs, experiments as well as details of the crews who did not fly to Mir due to the curtailment of operations and many new crew photos have been added in a photo file.
The International Space Station – Vol 1 & 2£3.50
The International Space Station - From Imagination to Reality (Volume 1)
This full colour publication includes the development of the International Space Station during its formative years. It covers the first concepts up to the initial stages of construction to the end of 2001. There are many drawings and pictures shown for the first time. This is a detailed record of the first stage of construction of a Space Station which will be a permanent base for manned operation for many years.
The International Space Station - From Imagination to Reality (Volume 2)
This book is the second in the series charting the progress of the International Space Station and covers the operations of the station from 2002 to early 2005. During this period its construction has been delayed due to the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia on a mission not directly related to station operations but which was conducting a number of science experiments that is also a prime purpose of the station. This accident brings home again that space travel is never routine and is always operating on the edge. The loss of a shuttle means major changes in both day to day station operations and the methods of supplying the resident crews with the basics of sustaining station occupation.
The Oracle of Colombo – How Arthur C Clarke Revealed the Future£7.50
By Joseph N. Pelton
With “How Arthur C. Clarke Revealed the Future” emblazoned across the front cover, this really is, for those who don’t know of him, a brilliant introduction to this amazing visionary or, for those who do, an excellent reference book. Known by some as the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th Century, Sir Arthur’s imagination, his thoughts and ideas were extremely wide ranging, covering obscure topics such as bio-engineering and space elevators to the more practical subjects, like satellite communications, cell phones and automated cars. Many of his predictions have come to fruition, but others remain to be realized. This is a fascinating insight into an amazing man who, in 1946-7 and 1951-3, ran the British Interplanetary Society. He is an inspiration to us all.
The Search for Life on Mars£2.50
This book is based on the proceedings of the first UK conference on “Life on Mars – an Historical Perspective”. Mars may have supported life at some point in its history and with this in mind, this BIS book is a comprehensive review by leading scientific and technological experts on the current advances in the search for life on Mars. There are chapters on present and future developments.
US Spy Satellites 1959 Onwards (all missions, all models)£20.00
In 1954, three years before the launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite, top-secret discussions were held in the United States to plan the development of military spy satellites, designed to obtain detailed photography of the Soviet Union’s military strength, and its potential for waging nuclear war. This book takes a detailed look at the programmes which resulted from the clandestine decision in the US to build highly secret spy satellites in parallel with civilian space plans, revealing for the first time previously classified details of the design and layout of photographic reconnaissance (spy) satellites including the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), America’s planned military space station. The author has obtained declassified material, lifting the veil of secrecy covering exactly what spy satellites are, how they operate, what their limitations are and what they look like. This book focuses on the development of the spy satellites themselves and on the political arena in which their successes, and failures, were played out, providing a fascinating insight into a secretive world.
Val Cleaver – A Very English Rocketeer£9.50
Arthur C Clarke once described Val Cleaver as the man who should have been the British Von Braun. The comparison is justified since Val, like Von Braun, bridged the gap between the practical engineer and the vision of spaceflight and was indeed one of the first to do so. Much of this vision was manifested through the British Interplanetary Society which he always supported, especially during its regeneration after World War II. He became Chairman of the BIS Council in 1948. He also inspired a generation of people, including Alan Bond who has written the Foreword for this book.
Visionary – A Science Fiction Anthology£10.00
Foreword by Richard Hayes
Epitaph by Nick Lewis
The Big Catch by Kelvin F. Long
Heat Wave by Terence J. Henley
The World Movers by Kelvin F. Long
A Cultural Exchange by Dorothy Piper
A Parody of Terrors by Robert Swinney
First Neanderthal on the Moon by Roderick MacDonald
The Dance of Angels by Kelvin F. Long
A Cross of Stars by Griffith Ingram
The Greatest Alluvian Poet That Ever Lived by Rachel Armstrong
Robin by David Smith
All the Doors not Taken by Griffith Ingram
Exiled by Terence J. Henley
Stray Planet by Roderick MacDonald
SCIENCE FICTION POETRY
Space by Terence J. Henley
Time by Roderick MacDonald
Galaxies by Terence J. Henley
Three Little MERs by Dorothy Piper
Take me to the Moon by Kelvin F. Long
The Journey by Terence J. Henley
Little Man by Dorothy Piper
Halfway There! by Stephen Ashworth
The Distant Universe by Richard K. Obousy
A science fiction anthology in the spirit of the British Interplanetary Society.
Yuri Gagarin – The First Spaceman with Vostok Cosmonauts (New Edition)£6.00
Written and Illustrated by Vix Southgate
A picture book celebrating Yuri Gagarin’s life and flight around the Earth, detailing the flight as it happened.
This new edition includes extra pages of information on the other Vostok Cosmonauts and Russian Missions from 1961-1966.