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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 01 – January 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 01 – January 2012

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Prospero
Vic Adams recalls the day, 40 years ago, when the UK sent a satellite into orbit using a British rocket. By this time the government had already cancelled Black Arrow and would increasingly withdraw from ever again possessing an independent launch capability.

Starship Symposium
A UK project is in the running to win the competition for a ‘100 year Starship’ study organised by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as Kelvin Long reports.

China’s Heavenly Palace
Philippe Coué describes Tiangong-1, the first module launched by China in a continuing programme aimed at assembling a manned space station, and previews upcoming events.

On the Shoulders of Giants
Mark Stewart looks back over the decades to catalogue the achievements made by early BIS stalwarts in progressing the science of astronautics and the furtherance of space flight.

A Matter of Record
Largely ignored by official histories, former BIS President and for many years Editor of Spaceflight, Kenneth W Gatland played more than a minor role in the successful launch of America’s first satellite, as the current Editor explains.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK heads for Mars – Westminster goes weightless – political disinterest in government

World News Analysis – rhetoric in EEU but no money – persistent risk for ISS – fuel dump versus big lift – seeking consensus on space

International News – Jury out on Mars 500 – Boeing on fast track to ISS – Orion to fly sooner – life on Europa?

In brief – news shorts from around the world

International News – On the move – Vega on track – WGS ready for launch – Shuttle engines for SLS

Coming up – a schedule for what’s next in space

Satellite Digest – 468 October 2011

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

ISS Operations Summary – 17 October to 11 November 2011

Book Reviews

Letters

Society News

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 02 – February 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 02 – February 2012

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Is X-37B stalking China’s space station?
In a world exclusive, Spaceflight examines the evidence that suggests the US Air Force is testing a new orbit-to-orbit space surveillance system, focusing on Tiangong-1.

US Space Commercialization
Dwayne Day takes a look back to the early days of space commercialization and reviews the changes made with successive decades as both NASA and industrylearned to cope with changing demand.

Curiosity heads for Mars
Spaceflight’s Ken Kremer joins Editor David Baker to open a year-long watch on NASA’s latest Mars mission with a report from Cape Canaveral and news about the mission so far.

The second generation Shenzhou
Philippe Coué turns the telescope on China’s latest manned spacecraft and describes its first test flight to Tiangong-1, reporting on plans for 2012 to put a crew aboard the mini-station.

GMES – are Europe’s plans at a crossroads?
In one of the biggest programmes for monitoring the European natural and socio-economic environment, GMES faces major challenges in times of fiscal; austerity and EU intervention. Is that good or bad?

Olaf Stapledon: The finest of the First Men
Kelvin Long and Richard Osborne host a seminar on one of the giants in futures thinking, an inspiration to many and a model for the philosophical debate on humanity’s purpose in space and time.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – A ‘go’ for NovaSAR – Low-thrust at Surrey University – Overdue retirement for aging satellite – Manchester zaps the Canaries

World News Analysis – Is X-37B stalking China’s space station – Air force wings in orbit
International News – Astrium to manage ISS operations – Building security – Renaissance for rocket research – Middle age spread for Ariane – Leinbach goes private

In brief – news shorts from around the world

International News – Stratolaunch aims for air-drop market – Reusable booster system studied – SBIRS buildup – More carbon data sought

Coming up – a schedule for what’s next in space

Satellite Digest – 468 October 2011

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Book Reviews – Jane’s Space Systems and Industry 2011-2012 – A Vertical Empire, History of the British Rocketry Programme, Rockets and Missiles

ISS Operations Summary – 12 November to 11 December 2011

Letters

Society News – NASA astronaut receives BIS award – SpaceX comes to London

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 03 – March 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 03 – March 2012

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The Mighty Atlas Part 1: Early Days
Spaceflight begins a series on the background to familiar launch vehicles and asks where they originated and when.

Friendship 7 – The reluctant flight
When John Glenn made the first US manned orbital flight 50 years ago it was after a long and frustrating series of delays.

John Glenn – The ‘almost nearly’ man
John Glenn was a natural for NASA’s elite astronaut corps, but he very nearly missed his chance.

Roadmaps to the Future
Spaceflight starts a three-part series examining the future options for international human space flight initiatives beginning with a change in strategic thinking.

Boris Chertok 1912-2011
Noted space historian Frank H Winter provides a fitting obituary to a great Russian rocket engineer.

Watching André Kuipers’ training
Gerard van de Haar and Rudolf van Beest spent time with the latest ESA astronaut during his training in Russia.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – 2011 good for Astrium – Planck on the blink – TechDemoSat payload milestone – Pleiades images

World News Analysis – Can Europe benefit from US human flight uncertainties – eye witness to Kuipers’ launch – uncertainties cloud international Mars plans – Thales Alenia helps US commercial hardware

International News – MSL gets course correction – NASA under a microscope – CZ-5 hardware development – Japan plans enviro-duo

In brief – news shorts from around the world

International News – WGS-9 agreement in $19bn programme – Zapped by mistake? – ISRO dedicates new control centre – ESA in the vineyard – Navstar GPS on test

Coming up – a schedule for what’s next in space

Satellite Digest – 470 December 2011

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

ISS Operations Summary – 12 December to 14 January 2012

Letters

Society News – Alan Marlow gets Sir Patrick Moore Medal – Sheila Kanani lecture on the solar system 14 December – Odyssey Special

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 04 – April 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 04 – April 2012

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Roadmaps to the Future: Asteroid-Next
Second in a series looking at future options presented by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group with a proposal to send astronauts to an asteroid.

NASA Rewrites its Future
An analysis of the all-important fiscal year 2013 NASA budget and the significant changes it will bring to US and international programmes.

The Global Comsat – Part 1 Intelsat III
Dwayne A Day reflects on the pioneering work carried out for international telecommunications by the Intelsat III family of satellites.

The Mighty Atlas Part 2 A Cold War Imperative
The birth of the definitive Atlas ICBM came when Cold War tensions were high and intercontinental missiles were a new form of deterrent.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Keplar Building opened – Trade Minister boosts industry – Taking textiles to space

World News Analysis – Is there money in satellite launchers?

International News – Urgent need for Earthwatch satellites – Commercial crew in 2017 – New stage for Moon-orbiting Orion

In brief – news shorts from around the world

International News – An end to Evolution – Russia to launch Sentinel – China spots Lunar Modules

Coming up – a schedule for what’s next in space

Satellite Digest – 471 December 2011

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

ISS Operations Summary – 15 January to 14 February 2012

Society News – Droitwich – Derek Dempster obituary

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 05 – May 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 05 – May 2012

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Roadmaps to the Future: Moon-Next
Third in our series looking at future options presented by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group with this month a route to Mars via the Moon.

Writing About the Right Stuff
Colin Burgess tells Spaceflight what motivated him to write his book about those astronaut candidates that never made it to the launch pad.

The Mighty Atlas Part 3 From ICBM to Launch Vehicle
Transformation of the Atlas ICBM to a satellite launcher began long before its first successful flight and began with a stage called Agena.

The Global Comsat – Part 2 Intelsat IV
Dwayne A Day continues his look at the development of international telecommunications with the Intelsat IV series satellites.

Teens Launch Lego Man
Ken Kremer tells an inspiring story about two teenagers who decided to send a Lego Man to the edge of space – and return with pictures to prove it!

Preparing for Space
Nick Spall interviews UK astronaut Tim Peake as he treads the long, arduous and sometimes lonely road to a place in space.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Baroness Wilcox visits SSTL – Monospheric Sprites and Elves – UK space on the up – Dr Unwin gets justified award

World News Analysis – Record lift but a work in progress – Cuts to Canada’s space budget – Satellite industry to grow – Europe steams ahead

International News – Shuttle facility gets CST-100

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Satellite Digest – 472 February 2011

ISS Operations Summary – 15 February to 15 March 2012

Letters

Society News – A Life Honoured; Dr Leslie R Shepherd obituary and reflections – Retro Rockets; Back to the Future – BIS gets new camera

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 06 – June 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 06 – June 2012

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The Global Comsat – Part 3 Intelsat IVA
Dwayne A Day carries the story of the spinners to a conclusion with coverage of the Intelsat IVA series satellites by looking at their pedigree and the legacy they left.

Tereshkova’s Secret Sisters
Tony Quine has made a detailed study of the female cosmonauts selected for training alongside Valentina Tereshkova and begins a two-part description of who they were.

Orion’s Belt
NASA’s plan for introduction of the Space Launch System is a key to getting the deep-space exploration mission underway despite an uncertain destination. We examine the first two test flights.

The Mighty Atlas Part 4 Atlas in Orbit
Use of the Atlas to press home a propaganda coup made possible by the availability of America’s first big rocket saw an orbiting Atlas send a Christmas message from President Eisenhower in 1958.

Ship Firings off Cape Canaveral
Joel W Powell has dug up the history of the USS Observation Island and traced its history as an important adjunct to Polaris missile test operations off Cape Canaveral beginning in the summer of 1959.

ISS Servicing Demo a Success
Ken Kremer has been keeping an eye on the latest robotic device aboard the ISS, one designed to test servicing and refuelling operations, and describes a hands-on inspection at the Kennedy Space Center.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – A UK competition to find the next generation of innovative applications for navigation satellites was launched in early April. We look at what is on offer.

World News Analysis – Is space commercialization a myth?

International News – Discovery touches down at Dulles

In brief – News shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Satellite Digest – 473 March 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 16 March to 15 April 2012

Book Reviews – 18 Questions about life and the Universe; Jane’s Strategic Weapon Systems; Hitler’s Rocket Soldiers; Planetary Surface Processes; Space Exploration and Humanity – A Historical Encyclopedia; James Van Allen – The first Eight Billion Miles.

Letters

Society News – BIS Vision Statement; BIS Survey Results; Marcus Allen faces Jerry Stone; Wings into Space; The Huish College Award; Sir Raymond Lygo obituary; Apollo Symposium.

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 07 – July 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 07 – July 2012

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Designing Against Disaster
Ex-Apollo engineer and former ESA-ESTEC safety manager Keith M Wright FBIS, MIAA, looks at challenges facing engineers designing the next generation of spacecraft.

SLS progress Report No 1: Milestone Review
Progress is being made with NASA’s super-booster, the Space Launch System as a combined requirements and definition review gives the green light.

The Mighty Atlas Part 5: New Stages for Space
When the Atlas rocket began a military career as the first US ICBM, Air Force aspirations for command of a military space programme gave NASA the tools it needs for a launch system.

Ship Firings off Cape Canaveral Part 2: Poseidon tests
Joel W Powell completes his history of the Observation Island with a description of the brief role it played in testing America’s second-generation SLBM, Poseidon.

Tereshkova’s Secret Sisters Part 2: The Final Quest
Space sleuth Tony Quine brings us up to date with the latest information on the unsuccessful contenders for the job of being the first woman in space.

Enterprise arrives in New York
Ken Kremer was there, with camera at the ready, when the first flight-worthy Shuttle, OV-101 Enterprise, arrived over New York, where it will spend the rest of its life as a museum exhibit.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Skylon on show – UK collaborates with Japan – Solar satellite for UK.

World News Analysis – Research Council warns of Earth science shortfall.

International News – Advanced US Air Force comsat launched – CarbonSat go-ahead.

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Satellite Digest – 474 April 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 15 March to 15 April 2012

Book Reviews – Deep Space Propulsion; Grappling with Gravity; At Home in Space

Letters

Society News – SEDS Conference in Kent - Starship launches on the back of a BIS initiative

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 08 – August 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 08 – August 2012

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Dragon Opens New Space Era
Ken Kremer witnessed the exciting launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 with its Dragon logistics capsule and reviews the mission and its importance as a milestone in space operations.

Last Look from a Live Shuttle
Invited on to the flight deck of the Shuttle Endeavour, Ken Kremer took a last look at the powered displays and recorded the event for Spaceflight.

Curiosity closes on Mars
NASA’s flagship Mars mission to the floor of Gale crater is only weeks away from arriving at Mars. We look at what it takes to put it down safely.

Asteroid BEES
Alison Graham takes time out from research for her PhD to tell us about her groundbreaking work on a method of deflecting Earth-threatening asteroids

The Mighty Atlas Part Six: A Cold Start
While Atlas was lifting payloads to space courtesy of Air Force upper stages, NASA was developing a cryogenic stage to give it interplanetary potential – but not everyone wanted it built.

The Origins of the BIS in Manchester and Liverpool
Gurbir Singh tells the fascinating story of how the BIS was founded in Liverpool, while celebrating the origins of the Manchester Interplanetary Society.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – A new boost for space entrepreneurs – UKube-1 clears milestone – Moon rocks for all!

World News Analysis – The next logical step – Wings for space now a routine – SpaceX to transform the market?

International News – Life after the Space Station

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Satellite Digest – 475 May 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 15 May to 15 June 2012

Letters

Society News – The Northern Meeting

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 09 – September 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 09 – September 2012

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Enterprise lands on Intrepid
Ken Kremer took his camera to New York to savour the arrival of Shuttle Enterprise and its placement on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid where it will be viewed by the general public.

Space Tourism Takes Off - Almost
Nick Spall begins a series on the new opportunities for thrill-seekers with a review of companies and individuals pushing on the boundaries of space tourism and ultimate high-ride adventure flights.

Rare Birds Take Flight
Dwayne Day took time out to visit the Udvar-Hazy Museum near Dulles Airport on a special day when some unique visitors flew in to display some unusual and rare sights including the Shuttle Discovery and NASA’s Super Guppy.

H-1 No 2015
Dr Jens Heide reports from the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin on a very special exhibit and reflects on the fate it might have had if original plans to fly it toward space had been fulfilled.

The Mighty Atlas Part 7: Centaur the Workhorse
The development of NASA’s cryogenic upper stage for the Atlas launch vehicle was anything but easy and technical problems were only a small part of a struggle to get the Centaur into service.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Boom time for UK industry – Microgravity Medicine – Parliamentary Space Committee reception

World News Analysis – Skylon takes another step forward – Farnborough 2012

International News – NASA unveils space-bound Orion

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Satellite Digest – 476 June 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 16 June to 14 July 2012

Letters

Book reviews – Interplanetary Outpost; 2052, A global forecast for the next forty years; Rockets and People Vol IV - The moon Race

Society News – Excavating the future – Who got us to the Moon? – Patrick’s Picnic

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 10 – October 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 10 – October 2012

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Curiosity reaches Gale Crater
After months of anticipation and sleepless nights for the team running Mars Science Laboratory, the Curiosity rover finally made it down to the surface of Mars within a short distance of the desired landing spot. The Editor reports on a landing anticipated for 10 years and brought to fruition by outstanding engineering and a superb team of flight controllers, scientists and support staff.

Neil Armstrong 1930-2012
In a special tribute to the first man to walk on the Moon, the Editor looks back on Neil Armstrong’s life and a career covering his activities as a combat pilot, test pilot and astronaut. Famous for being the commander of Apollo 11 and for ever remembered for his first steps on the surface of another world in space, Armstrong also made a major contribution to high speed and high altitude flight research piloting the hypersonic X-15 and many other types of aircraft. In this special commemoration of a great life in the service of country and of ideals, we pay tribute to the outstanding achievement that places him in the pantheon of the greats among elite bands of pilots and explorers.

2001: The Lost Science!
Adam Johnson provides a fascinating insight to the science behind the film 2001 and describes how he has played a significant role in archiving and preserving the collection of Frederick I Ordway, the man responsible for guiding the creative genius of Stanley Kubrick.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK scientists support Curiosity – Capturing the 2012 London Olympics from space

World News Analysis – Commercial crew vehicles shortlisted

International News – Rising demand for plutonium – Fabric heat shield tested

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Satellite Digest – 477 July 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 15 July to 14 August 2012

Book reviews – American Missiles The Complete Smithsonian Field Guide; Modern Statistical Methods for Astronomy; Measuring the Universe

Letters

Society News – Prestige Lecture with Julie Payette – Apollo Symposium

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 11 – November 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 11 – November 2012

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Curiosity Gets Rolling
Six weeks on in the mission of Mars Science Laboratory, the Curiosity rover is moving across the surface of Gale Crater at the start of an epic geological tour at the foothills of Mount Sharp.

A Russian Adventure – Star City
Tony Quine took a tour of Star City outside Moscow and stopped to look at the space exhibits in Russia’s capital, returning with advice and recommendations for the intrepid traveller.

On Becoming a Scientist Astronaut -1 Familiarization
In the first of a two-part series, Nick Spall relates first-hand experience at beginning his space flight training course at the NASTAR Center in Philadelphia.

Diamonds in the Sky
With space tourism promising to take people on the ultimate adventure trip to the edge of space and entrepreneurial endeavours to carry fee-paying passengers on the journey of a lifetime, we look at one organization literally promising the Moon!

Is NASA on the Edge of Going Bust?
Science writer Steven Cutts looks at the changing face of space exploration and suggests that a culture of caution and a societal preoccupation with conspicuous indulgence has stunted the national self-denial that once fuelled great space adventures.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Carbon footprint index – Sir Martin Sweeting honoured – Designer trip to Houston – GAIA gets cold test

World News Analysis – International Eye on the Sky – MAVEN passes hurdle – Mirrors for Webb telescope shipped

International News – The last farewell

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – Challenges to reliance on ‘commercial’ programmes

Satellite Digest – 478 August 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 15 August to 14 September 2012

Society News – BIS inducts new President – An address by the retiring President – New BIS President addresses AGM – From Imagination to Reality: a special BIS day

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Spaceflight Vol 54 No 12 – December 2012

Spaceflight Vol 54 No 12 – December 2012

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Apollo 16 Anniversary Dinner
Mark Yates relates a memorable experience with the US Astronaut Scholarship Foundation on the celebratory events associated with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972, the penultimate lunar landing in the Apollo programme.

Endeavour’s farewell to the skies
Ken Kremer was atop the massive Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center when the Shuttle Endeavour made her final flight to Los Angeles.

On Becoming a Scientist Astronaut - 2 Flying the Simulator
In the second of a two-part series, Nick Spall describes his experience with the centrifuge at the NASTAR Center in Philadelphia and explains the physiological effects.

Corona and the flattery of theft
Dwayne Day tells a tale of intrigue, subterfuge and the race to get contracts for successive generations of equipment for spy satellites.

Let the science begin
Spaceflight looks at the complexities of NASA’s Curiosity rover as it begins a journey of exploration across the floor of Gale Crater.

The Mighty Atlas Part 8: A change of ownership
When NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center was criticized for poor management of the cryogenic Centaur stage the project was moved to the Lewis Research Center amid a flurry of recriminations and blame-calling.

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Apollo Symposium
Spaceflight hosted a day reflecting on the role played by British and Canadian scientists and engineers during the historical Apollo missions of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – The future is bright – Bridget gets a Royal visit – Mission X launch

World News Analysis – Earth-sized planet in Alpha Centauri B

International News – Earth observation market strong – Reusable booster abandoned

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – Big cuts looming – Romney-speak – Boxed in?

Satellite Digest – 479 September 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 15 September to 15 October 2012

Letters

Society News – A raconteur unleashed – BIS in Naples

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