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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 01 – January 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 01 – January 2014

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Russian EVA patches
Jacques van Oene takes a look at Russian EVA patches , now a familiar sight on the suits of space-walking cosmonauts.

Red Team 4 to the Pad
The first of a news series looking back at dramatic or merely memorable moments in the history of space flight.

The first telescope on the Moon
Regular contributor Philip Corneille looks back almost 42 years to the first telescope placed on the surface of the Moon.

Remembering Scott Carpenter, an explorer from Colorado
Fabrizio Bernardini attended the memorial service for Malcolm Scott Carpenter to bring us a touching reflection on the life of a great astronaut.

Walking on Mars – in Utah!
If humans are ever to get off planet Earth and explore the dusty surface of Mars, research into how to live on the Red Planet will empower a new generation of astronauts.

India’s first and only Spaceman
Gurbir Singh met Rakesh Sharma, the sole astronaut from one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and learned what gave him the pride and the dignity that characterised this great pioneer.

The ISS at 15!
Remembering the launch of Zarya and Unity at the end of 1998, the first elements in what became the International Space Station, we remember what a colossal achievement that was.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – London space summit – SIGS sets new goals for UK

World News – Commercial Crew picks up pace – ESA defines Orion module – CBO tots up human flight cost

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 492 October 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 21 October to 15 November 2013

Off the shelf – History of Rocketry and Astronautics Vol 39 – Apollo 13 Manual – Jane’s Space Systems & Industry – Advanced Engine Development at Pratt & Whitney

Inbox – How can you say that? – More please!

Obituaries – Albert D ‘Bud’ Wheelon 1929-2013

Society News – The BIS at ESA/ESRIN – BIS Marketing Workshop – Just add a sprinkling of imagination

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 02 – February 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 02 – February 2014

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A walk on the Wild Side
In Moment from History this month Luca Parmitano relives a potentially life threatening experience as he describes his unexpected encounter with floating globules of water inside his helmet.

Solar Dynamic Observatory
Stunning images of a sometimes violent Sun and observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory almost 52 years after the launch of the first Orbiting Solar Observatory.

Retelling the tale of Mars Exploration
Philip Stooke explains his passion for mapping the exploration of Mars, creating the first accurate survey of US and Russian missions as attention focuses once again on the Red Planet.

Sleuthing the Cold War Space Sleuths
Dominic Phelan opens a new series from the China/Russia Forum on how the BIS uncovered Soviet space secrets and filled in the gaps.

Electra Mars Radio Relay
Joel Powell tracks down the real reason why MAVEN got a break from the US government shutdown and got to launch on time.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK drive for military satellite growth – SSTL spearheads UK drive – Roy Gibson honoured – Astrium engineer wins IET award

World News – Falcon 9 to Rule the World!

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 493 November 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 November to 11December 2013

Film Review – Gravity

Obituaries – Aleksandr Serebrov – Philip A Lapp

Society News – BIS plans education roadmap – Inspiration

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 03 – March 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 03 – March 2014

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Clipper or Shuttle?
Keith T Wilson takes a close look at the tussle for providing a nationally approved name for NASA’s Space Transportation System, which by a narrow margin may have been something entirely different.

The last Shuttle
The last Space Shuttle built, Endeavour is in a temporary enclosure in Los Angeles prior to the construction of a permanent display, so the Editor thought it was time to reflect on a great spaceship.

Meeting Endeavour
Fabrizio Bernardini looked in on the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center to check out Endeavour and find out what else is on show and how the principal exhibit will eventually be displayed.

Commercial paths to an asteroid
Chris Starr looks at a very different way of supporting asteroid research through commercial activities supporting space science using vehicles developed for space tourism.

A Stacksat story?
Dwayne Day reflects on the story of Stacksat, a group of three satellites launched on a redundant Atlas-Altair in 1990 and ponders over whether the urge to launch very small satellites will really take hold.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Education at top of BIS Agenda – Setting the pace

World News Analysis – Decision time – Chang’e 3

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 494 December 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 12 December 2013 to 15 January 2014

Society News – West Midlands Space Day – Space Oddity – New BIS Member Survey – Branch for Belgians proposed – BIS launch near sell-out

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 04 – April 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 04 – April 2014

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Wishing upon a Red Planet
Dwayne Day reflects on a snowy day in Washington that shut down the locals but which proved no problem for Bas Lansdorp!

Replacing Soyuz
Bart Hendrickx retraces the attempt to find a replacement for the ubiquitous Soyuz spacecraft and summarises the latest attempt at providing for existing and future requirements in Russia’s human space flight programme.

India’s Mission to Mars
Gurbir Singh explains the background to India’s spectacular mission to Mars, now en-route to the Red Planet, and links it to a grander ambition.

Your Name in Space
Carrying the names of people from around the world on microchips, spacecraft routinely serve as emissaries of Earth’s citizenry, as Joel Powell explains.

Searching for Snoopy
In May 1969 NASA sent Apollo 10 on a route-proving flight to the Moon, the spent Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module going into solar orbit. Nick Howes goes in search of it.

Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment
The author of a new book on the political repercussions from President Eisenhower’s reaction to the Russian coup of Sputnik 1 explains why he wrote it.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Space attack from organized crime

World News Analysis – Robotic filling stations

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 495 January 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 17 January – 16 February 2014

Off the Shelf – The International Atlas of Mars Exploration – Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment

Inbox – Design signature? – Push-me-pull-you – More to the man...

Obituary – Rodney G Rose 1927-2014

Society News – Comet tails...and tales – Space Education and Outreach Update – Reinventing Space

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 05 – May 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 05 – May 2014

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Luca Parmitano’s suit leak – a warning
Spaceflight’s ISS guru George Spiteri reports on the shocking results from a NASA inquiry into the reasons behind the near fatal suit leak in July 2013.

Asteroids Galore
Philip Corneille brings his astronomical knowledge to bear on the asteroids, explaining how they can be exploited as a future mineral resource.

Nuking an Asteroid
Once again, Dwayne Day digs into the archives and discovers how MIT students proposed to launch Saturn V rockets to conduct a nuclear strike on a rogue asteroid and how that idea might have current appeal.

Off-Earth Mining
From Dassault Systemes GEOVIA, Steve Carter explains how 3DEXPERIENCE technology could speed resource mining of asteroids and accelerate future activities in space.

American spy satellites in the USSR
Christian Lardier looks back into published and unpublished records to work out whether US space satellites in the Corona and SAMOS programmes were recovered in Soviet Russia, with surprising results.

Into the Silent Sea
Tony Quine has been talking to the director of a new film which takes as its theme the myth of ‘lost’ cosmonauts from the early Soviet space shots.

Your Name in Space Part 2
Joel Powell concludes his two-part feature by looking at opportunities for public participation in the Mars missions.

The Fermi Paradox – or is it?
Why is it we have not yet encountered the teeming hordes that populate this universe? Is it perhaps that they have developed genetic self-coding and have no need to travel?

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK cash boost to planet hunt

From the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 496 February 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 17 February – 16 March 2014

Obituaries – Valeri Kubasov (1935-2014) – Dale Gardner (1948-2014) – George Fraser (1955-2014)

Off the Shelf – The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration – To a Distant Day

Society News – UKSEDS Space Conference 2014 – L J Carter Memorial Lecture – NASA’s only space station

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 06 – June 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 06 – June 2014

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Electro Magnetic Levitator for the ISS
It’s been talked about for years but science is now testing theoretical principles about the processing of various materials and semiconductor crystals at extreme temperatures.

Concordia – Analogue for a Mars mission
Winter has arrived in the southern hemisphere and few places get colder than Antarctica where a group of intrepid researchers are settling in for a simulated Mars mission.

Soviet Guest Cosmonauts
George Spiteri takes a break from reporting on events at the International Space Station to ask of the Interkosmos cosmonauts ‘where are they now?’ and get some fascinating answers.

Copernicus – A boost for global warning
The Editor reports on the new generation of European satellites designed to improve measurements of Earth’s resource budget with a powerful, long lasting and far reaching programme involving new platforms and sensors.

A Human Adventure
Mart Kuiper visited the exhibition of space flight achievement formed from exhibits sent from the US and added to by ESA in a unique opportunity for Dutch visitors to see the accomplishments of a generation of space farers.

The Story of Vanguard TV-3
Joel Powell revisits events more than 56 years ago when America stood on the brink of the Space Age, postponed when a series of failures dashed initial hope of an American satellite in 1957.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Careers in Space

World News Analysis – A Global Rain Gauge – Health and Ethics

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 497 March 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 17 March – 15 April 2014

Off the Shelf – Marketing the Moon

Society News – Ken Mattingly visits Pontefract – North Group Gathering

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 07 – July 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 07 – July 2014

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On a Critical Path: NASA’s Tracking & Data Relay Satellite System
Joel Powell links current developments in connecting Earth-orbiting satellites and spacecraft with their ground control centres and examines NASA’s TDRS system. A network of satel-lites first launched in April 1983 is now a robust and widely used tracking and relay network without which much of the data obtained by orbiting platforms would be lost.

The Plutonium in the Closet
Dwayne Day recounts the fascinating story of how plutonium 238 fuel for Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators used to power deep-space spacecraft has come, gone and re-turned with only vague explanation for the reasons why! He shows how a resurgence of ‘new-found’ plutonium has doomed a potential replacement for the standard RTG which could have been a valuable technology boost.

Flashback
As we come up to the 50th anniversary of the start of the space race, when Russia officially approved a dash to put cosmonauts on the Moon before NASA, Spaceflight begins a new series. Each month we will look back at events 50 years ago which play into the events of today, recalling how the space programmes of all the space-faring nations have been shaped by that seminal event in the history of the Cold War.

Yuri Gagarin: A Contribution to Peace
Chronicler, author and broadcaster Gurbir Singh offers a view which places Yuri Gagarin outside the propaganda machine of the USSR. Was he a product of a well oiled publicity campaign for encouraging uncommitted countries to warm to Russia and its communist sys-tem? The evidence, says Singh, is there but was that also a fabrication?

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Rosetta homes in on Comet 67P

World News Analysis – Replenishment slowdown for GPS – Air-Launched Boost for An-tares – Seeding Mars, Literally

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 498 April 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 16 April – 15 May 2014

Off the Shelf – America’s Great Endeavour – GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones – The Surprising Science of our Sun

Inbox – Credit where due – Wrong man

Obituary – Colin Pillinger (1943-2014) – Wubbo Ockels (1946-2014)

Society News – Cosford IV-People, Places and Projects – Council Elections

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 08 – August 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 08 – August 2014

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Business as Usual?
Neil Da Costa reports from Star City on the return of the Soyuz TMA-10M in April and notes that the congeniality and comradeship that characterized their expedition was not shaken by the political disagreements between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

Index: Orion
The Editor begins an occasional series looking at the new generation of spacecraft coming off the stocks to characterize the specification and operating requirement for NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

A New Spacecraft Rising – Dragon V2
SpaceX unveils its 21st century people-carrier with expectations that it could be flying next year of the year after. As a design icon it is an aesthetic dream, giving crewed vehicles a style change.

Spacefest 6
Chris Starr reports from Pasadena, California, on this year’s gathering of astronauts, scientists, engineers and managers in an informal gathering with plenty to talk about and to share with enthusiasts.

The Bachem Natter
In the first of a three-part feature, Brett Gooden tells the story of how the world’s first man-carrying vertically-launched rocket was born in Germany and why.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – ESA Report Endorses Skylon – UK charts new paths

World News Analysis – First manned Orion shunted to 2023

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 499 May 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 16 May – 15 June 2014

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month

Obituary – John C Houbolt (1919-2014)

Off the Shelf – Aerospace Projects Review Dyna Soar

Society News – IAC2014 Competition - BIS-Italia visits London - Chinese/Soviet Forum 7 June 2014

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 09 – September 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 09 – September 2014

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Sir Bernard Lovell and the Soviets
Dominic Phelan unravels a bizarre episode in the history of the Cold War space race and asks whether one of the UK’s most brilliant radio astronomers was victim to a Soviet bid to either recruit or irradiate him.

The road to Mount Sharp
As NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover departs the safe zone where it landed for new and rugged terrain ahead, we look at features and sites that have so far kept the vehicle slightly behind its scheduled traverse log.

HEOS 1: A 50th Anniversary
Philip Corneille remembers Europe’s first deep space science satellite and describes its origin and why it contributed so much to knowledge about our local region of the solar system and why that is important.

Bach Natter Part 2
In Brett Gooden’s second instalment of his three-part look at the world’s first vertically launched man-carrying rocket, the Natter test pilot pays the ultimate price and his accident is investigated.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – SpaceUP - UK Style - UK A magnet for space - New hand on the rudder

World News Analysis – Spaceplane contracts awarded - Ariane 6 contest hots up

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 500 June 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 16 June – 15 July 2014

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month

Off the Shelf – Building Hitler’s Missile – Observing the Moon

Inbox – Special Remembrances of Fred Ordway

Obituary – Frederick I Ordway (1927-2014)

Society News – 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – A Letter from the Library – History Committee visit to St Omer

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 10 – October 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 10 – October 2014

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The Last Man on the Moon
Rick Mulheirn has been to the movies, more specifically to the Sheffield Film festival to talk with former astronaut Eugene A Cernan about his life, his epic flight as commander of the last Apollo mission to the Moon and about the film that has been made about it all.

The Farnborough International Air Show 2014
Mat Irvine packed up his sandwiches and took a trip to this year’s Farnborough International Air Show to see what the space agencies and the commercial companies were putting on display and to get a feel for an industry in a state of change.

The Bachem Natter Part 3
Historian and specialist on one of the more bizarre weapons of World War Two, Brett Gooden concludes his three-part story about the world’s first vertically-launched man-carrying rocket and the influence this had on post-war developments with rocket powered aircraft.

Close Encounters of the Top Secret Kind
Dwayne Day looks at a strange incident during the height of the Cold War when for a while it appeared the Russians might be trying to intercept a US spy satellite and takes look himself at the practice of satellites spying on satellites.

Britain in Space – Spaceports UK

World News Analysis – Rosetta arrives!

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 501 July 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 16 July – 15 August 2014

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month

Inbox – A permanent presence – Metre meter – United we stand

Off the Shelf – Von Braun – For the Moon and Mars N1

Society News – Houston! We read you loud and clear – To the Stars – BIS Medal awarded to Ralph Timberlake – BIS at Loncon 3

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 11 – November 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 11 – November 2014

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The Tachyon World
In asking us to consider whether tachyons exist or can be thought to assemble a parallel existence which we can bridge, Robert B Cronkhite is challenging current thinking in physics. We think it is a debate which should be joined.

Low cost space – from imagination to reality
Scott Hatton previews the Reinventing Space conference, hosted this year by the British Interplanetary Society in London, and emphasises the urgent need for a renaissance in space activity.

LonCon-3
BIS President Alistair Scott enthuses over the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention and the Society’s presence, where much interest and attention was evident.

Hill climb with a difference!
Spaceflight previews the next major phase in NASA’s Curiosity mission as it gets into the extended phase of operations in the foothills of Mount Sharp.

Floating Free
Looking back 30 years to the first untethered spacewalk, Ken MacTaggart recalls the unique experiences of Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless when he tried out the Manned Maneuvering Unit.

Soviet Tracking Ships – and Robert Bartini
Russian specialists Brian Harvey and Bert Vis describe the vagaries of the Soviet floating space tracking facilities and explains how one man wanted something entirely different.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – How does HSF affect your child?

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

World News Analysis – NASA awards Commercial Crew contracts – Conflict in Europe – SLS delayed

Satellite Digest – 502 August 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 16 August - 15 September 2014

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month

Obituary – Donald A Beattie (1929-2014)

Inbox – ‘In the rocket’s red glare’

Off the shelf – Why Mars - History of Rocketry & Astronautics Vol 41

Society News – Life on Mars - BIS West Midlands Talk - Bioethics, at the BIS - A Visit to BIS-Italia Members

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Spaceflight Vol 56 No 12 – December 2014

Spaceflight Vol 56 No 12 – December 2014

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A Secret Client
On 16 September an Atlas 401 launched a top secret payload for an unknown client. The weather was appalling and the launch occurred within the last second in the window. What was that all about?

The Role of Space in STEM Education and Outreach
The summary of a paper presented at the IAC in Toronto championing the role of space educators in motivating students for STEM courses.

ESA spaceplane ready
Jacques van Oene describes the plans for a European manoeuvrable re-entry vehicle assigned to fly on a Vega rocket from Kourou.

Rukavishnikov: The unlucky cosmonaut
Spaceflight ISS contributor George Spiteri looks at the life of one cosmonaut who never quite seemed to find the luck he deserved.

A new star for Orion
Linda Herridge reports from the Kennedy Space Center on plans for the first flight of Orion, scheduled for November.

Next Steps for SLS
David Todd met up with key people involved in the development of NASA’s new Space Launch System and reports on the latest developments.

IAC 2014 Toronto: Notes from the Congress
David Todd reports on news and gossip at and around the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto.

Show and tell for Italian astronaut
Fabrizio Bernardini reports on the experiments selected for Italy’s first female astronaut on her forthcoming Futura mission.

Echoes of Apollo
Nick Howes tells the intriguing story of a boy gripped by space and who went on to play an important part in the Apollo 11 story.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Columbus comm’s upgrade – And the winner is…

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

World News Analysis – ISS at a crossroads – Back to the Moon!

Satellite Digest – 503 September 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 16 September - 15 October 2014

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month

Society News – Award for Council Member – BIS South-West: ‘The Next Fifty Years in Space – UKSEDS Workshop

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