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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 01 – January 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 01 – January 2015

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Antares Falters
As the forensic engineering analysis of the failure of an Antares rocket on 28 October reaches its preliminary conclusions, what was responsible for the catastrophic loss of more than 2 tonnes of cargo for the ISS and what impact will it have on the future for Orbital Sciences?

The Apollo 15 Standup EVA
Space historian Joel W Powell digs out the details on Apollo 15 commander Dave Scott’s unique survey of the Hadley Apennine landing site from his position standing on the ascent engine cover, head and shoulders out the top of the Lunar Module Falcon.

Tim Peake Speaks of Principia
Spaceflight’s Nick Spall talks to British astronaut Tim Peake about his Principia mission, now less than a year away from launch on a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS where he will remain for approximately six months.

Star Wars, LOSAT and QuickStar
Dwayne A Day has dug into the history of a little-known series of satellites emerging from the Brilliant Pebbles concept which evolved from the mid-1980s Strategic Defense Initiative, a US missile defence shield.

For All Mankind
In another of Nick Howes’ interviews with prominent space personalities, Russell (Rusty) Schweickart describes his experiences as an Apollo astronaut and more recently for his role in setting up the B612 Foundation raising public awareness to the danger of asteroid impacts.

World Space Week 2014 A British Success
Vix Southgate provides a brief wrap-up on a successful series of events around the UK in support of World Space Week, acknowledging the dawn of the Space Age when Russia launched Sputnik 1 in October 1957.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Britain on Comet 67P

World News Analysis – Philae touchdown!

Satellite Digest – 504 October 2014

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Operations Summary – 16 October - 15 November 2014

Obituaries – Anatoli Berezovoi (1942-2014) – Timothy Mace (1955-2014)

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

Off the Shelf – New Space Frontiers – A Journey through the Universe

Society News – 2014 - A year in reflection

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 02 – February 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 02 – February 2015

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Cygnus recovery
With the Antares launch vehicle grounded until a replacement engine can be found, what plans does Orbital Sciences have for maintaining a logistics supply to the International Space Station and how soon can flights resume?

Orion flies!
The editor tracks Orion spacecraft 001 on its maiden space flight on the world’s most powerful launch vehicle and examines some of the technology that helped it fly farther than any vehicle designed to carry humans has been for more than 42 years.

Asteroid Mining for Lunar Tourism
Dave Dietzler looks at the possibilities for humans in asteroid mining and the logistical requirements this will require, what propulsion systems might be necessary and how much energy it takes to get the job done.

Few and Far Between
Regular Spaceflight contributor Nick Howes talked to astronaut Jack Lousma about his work for NASA during the Apollo programme, his reflections on Apollo 13 and his activities aboard Skylab.

David A Hardy – A Big Thank-You!
BIS President Alistair Scott and Spaceflight editor David Baker team up to separately pay tribute to one of the UK’s outstanding space artists, be it for fact or fiction.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Principia logo chosen – A life with Pi

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

World News Analysis – New Horizons awake and talking

Satellite Digest – 505 November 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 16 November - 10 December 2014

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

Off the Shelf – Val Cleaver (1917-1977) A Very English Rocketeer – Stargazers: Copernicus, Galileo, The Telescope and the Church

Society News – Rispace Touchdown with the BIS – World Space Week 2015

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 03 – March 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 03 – March 2015

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The Beagle has landed!
Fabrizio Bernardini offers up a personal view of the recent discovery that images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera may have found the Beagle 2 lander on the surface of Mars. Criticised by a few, Prof Pillinger and his team have scored one for engineering, had their efforts vindicated and restored the debate about low-cost science versus flagship projects dominating funds.

Morpheus – Moon lander on test
Gerard van de Haar and Jacques van Oene report on a technology legacy from the Constellation programme, cancelled in 2010 and describe a series of tests with a unique form of lander which may have long-term applications for exploration missions of the future.

Bootstrapping Lunar Industry
In the second of our series on harvesting the mineral resources of the solar system, Dave Dietzler opens a two-part discussion about how large-scale mining of the Moon may not only support indigenous activities on the surface but also help to replenish vital materials to support a third industrial age on Earth.

Tough and competent
Nick Howes continues his series of discussions with leading figures from the history of space flight with a conversation he had exploring the reflective memory of Sy Liebergot, the man famous for his role in Apollo 13 and who has decided views about the rest of the space programme – and other people too.

Orion Rising?
Space historian, academic and regular contributor Joel Powell was at Cape Canaveral for the recent flight of the Orion crew module and offers a personal view of the event as well as some incisive opinion about what it meant and why it still retains a vulnerability to many political challenges.

Regular Features

New Views of 67P

World News Analysis – ESA astronauts for Chinese station…and budget growth for 2015

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 506 December 2014

ISS Operations Summary – 11 December 2014 to 15 January 2015

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

Obituary – Dieter Grau 1913-2014

Society News – Technical Projects: Help Wanted - A Request for Presentations - New Tricks

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 04 – April 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 04 – April 2015

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Force Feedback
Operating robots in space has its limitations but the European Space Agency is working on a novel way of improving the dextrous ability of machines to replicate the manipulation of human hands and fingers with a feedback device designed to help narrow the gap between astronauts and their proxies.

Elfordstown Earth station
John O’Sullivan takes us to East Cork, Ireland, on a tour of the Elfordstown tracking and communications relay facilities and describes the outstanding work being carried out there on a wide variety of national and international activities.

Bootstrapping Lunar Industry – Part Two
In the third of a series looking at the mineral resources of the solar system, Dave Dietzler concludes his discussion about the possibilities of not only utilizing the Moon’s resources for indigenous activity and re-provisioning the Earth but also for fabricating structures from local materials.

The Hubble Space Telescope – at 25
It is 25 years since the world’s most famous space telescope was lifted into orbit by Shuttle. Philip Corneille takes a look back at a momentous quarter-century of outstanding and productive science, from the fitting of corrective lens instruments on the first servicing mission to the complete refurbishment in orbit.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – A Planck in the coffin

World News Analysis – Spaceplane plans adrift? – NASA budget doldrums

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 507 January 2015 Operations Summary – 16 January to 15 February 2015

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month Off the Shelf – Visionary – Man in Space - US Air Force Manned Space Project

Inbox – A test in-situ – Alexei Leonov – A better deal? – Philae update needed

Society News – Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Values Statement for the BIS

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 05 – May 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 05 – May 2015

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Jupiter for CRS and Mars
With an ever pressing need for supplying the International Space Station with independently developed non-NASA logistics vehicles, the race is on for contracts from the space agency to send cargo to the ISS with the new round of bids. Lockheed Martin has put together an international team for this and much, much more.

Riding the Farnborough centrifuge
Spaceflight’s Nick Spall took the opportunity to visit the QinetiQ centrifuge at Farnborough, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in a facility used to train fighter pilots and high-speed test pilots. It is also the kind of familiarization future space-riders will need to fly aboard the SpaceShip2, Lynx and possibly other spaceplanes.

Sex and health in space
With ambitious proposals for one-way trips to Mars, settlement colonies funded by TV shows and confident expectations among the general public about heading for the Red Planet, the Editor takes a clinical view and looks at the serious medical obstacles standing in the way of humans going on very long journeys beyond Earth.

New Horizons for Pluto
Spaceflight’s resident astronomer Philip Corneille provides a preview of the imminent encounter with Pluto as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft homes in on one of the solar system’s most enigmatic bodies, providing a recap on how it has haunted astronomers for decades.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Heading for the Sun

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

World News Analysis – InSight’s landing site?

Satellite Digest – 508 February 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 February to 15 March 2015

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

Off the Shelf – The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth – Exploration and Engineering

Inbox – Lunar Mining – Power for Hubble

Society News – Mary Todd: a Quarter Century at the BIS! – Andrew Vaudin: A Worthy Patrick Moore Medal Winner – First Fred, now Eileen – Geocaching at BIS Headquarters

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 06 – June 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 06 – June 2015

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VULCAN – Made in the USA!
With a need to cut costs and shift away from Russian-built RD-180 motors for its Atlas launch vehicle, United Launch Alliance has come up with a new rocket to replace both Atlas V and Delta IV and introduces some novel schemes for reusability. But will it work?

Asteroid’s rock
As NASA mulls options for utilizing the giant Space Launch System, the options are narrowing for the kind of mission astronauts in an Orion spacecraft might fly as a first step in a long and winding road to Mars. Not everyone is happy.

Dawn at Ceres
Now in orbit about the dwarf planet Ceres, the Dawn spacecraft is about to begin its descent to a much closer path from where its instruments can fully analyse this enigmatic and puzzling world orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.

Ice plumes on Enceladus
Scientists studying data from the Cassini spacecraft have interpreted tiny silicon-rich grains of rock in Saturn’s rings as coming from hydrothermal activity on one of its moons, Enceladus, and that this is contributed to by plumes of gas and dust erupting from its south pole.

Interstellar – a 2D look at 4D space
Founder of Imaginals, which numbers NASA among its clients and which has its offices at Arthur C. Clarke House with the BIS in London, James Parr takes a deep and meaningful look at a seminal film, with the editor of Spaceflight also adding interpretations.

A Cape Canaveral Cocktail Shaker
Space historian and lecturer Joel W Powell extracts more insightful vignettes from the pages of rocket and missile history with a description of the Ship Motion Simulator, built for Polaris but probably never used for its intended purpose!

Regular Features

Britain in Space – SABRE gets ringing endorsement - FeatherCraft for SST-US

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 509 March 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 March to 15 April 2015

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

Off the Shelf – Manned Spacecraft Center Reports 1964-1969; Notices

Inbox – Health in space

Society News – Supporting ESA on a mission to educate – Dysprosium 2015 – Stepping Out

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 07 – July 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 07 – July 2015

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Schedule Reshuffle
The failure of the Progress M-27M to successfully deliver supplies and logistics to the International Space Station has thrown the ISS schedule into the air with several options still on the table. We assess the consequences and catch up on changes to the flight manifest.

Preventing an EVA Fatality
Safety in space has always focused on the hardware and, since the 1970s, on the software written to control discrete spacecraft systems. Now, with much more known about the effects on the human body, space flight itself has intrinsic risks, as explained by Dr Bill Rowe.

ARM gets ready
With little prospect of an early use of the massive Space Launch System for dramatic steps on the road to Mars, NASA has chosen a preferred option for accessing a rock from an asteroid. But there is more to it than that and the mission may flight-prove innovative technologies essential for reaching the Red Planet.

Visions of Space – Art and the Cosmos
Chris Starr presents a colourful mix of international space artists from our own David Hardy to retired US astronauts and provides an insightful and appreciative examination of outstanding contributions to what for many is an inspiration and a goal.

Gardens of Steel
Dwayne Day took time out to visit a less frequented part of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and found rusting hulks, while in Canada a unique survivor from the early days of Atlas rocket development has already succumbed to age and neglect.

Retro – Go!
Nick Howes continues his fireside chat column and reports a conversation with Charles Deiterich, one of NASA’s elite group of flight controllers during high summer for some of NASA’s greatest achievements.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Inmarsat hit by Proton delays

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

World News Analysis – New Shepard flies – Settlement in law

Satellite Digest – 510 April 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 April to 15 May 2015

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

Off the Shelf – Physics from the Edge

Obituary – Oscar Carl Holderer (1919-2015)

Inbox – Radiation barriers – A stellar performance

Society News – 65th Anniversary of Eagle – Monica Grady on Rosetta – The Sleeping Beauty – IAF Award for BIS VP

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 08 – August 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 08 – August 2015

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Moscow Celebrates the first EVA
Dr Neil Da Costa was in Moscow for the celebrations accompanying the 50th anniversary of the first space-walk and reports on the glittering array of people and pageantry which accompanied that event.

Predicting China’s Shenzhou Flights
Internationally respected analyst of Russian and Chinese space missions, Robert Christy provides an insight to the prediction of Shenzhou flights and the rationale behind date and time selection.

50 Years on Mars
Five decades after the first images from a close flyby of Mars were transmitted to Earth, Spaceflight cele-brates the achievements of several nations and reflects on the extraordinary acomplishments by fly-by space-craft, orbiters, landers and roving vehicles.

Pictures of bygone glory
Spacecraft engineer Alan Lawrie is recognised around the world as the single most knowledgeable authority on the Saturn V and its production and test regime. Here he shares hithereto hidden images of stage activity rescued from a garage in Sacramento.

Homing in on Pluto
As NASA’s New Horizons mission approaches a close fly-by of Pluto, we take a look at its origin and its significance for planetary science

Earth Defence
Italian BIS members Tommaso Pino and Matteo Perrotta report from the biannual conference on planetary defence from asteroid and near-Earth objects and find progress in preparing for the worst.

Interstellar Studies – pushing boundaries
Spaceflight goes back to i4is to report on progress with their organisation and with Project Dragonfly, a chal-lenging and difficult competition which attracted an international base of contenders.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Leonov at the Science Museum

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 511 May 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 May to 15 June 2015

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

Inbox – Liquid hydrogen production – Your letters matter

Obituary – Derek Slater (1929-2015)

Society News – UK finals for IAC competition

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 09 – September 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 09 – September 2015

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Delivery dilemmas
The International Space Station awaits its next major cargo delivery as both commercial suppliers make changes to their launcher programmes. Just what are the stakes here? Who pays the cost and how much is the taxpayer involved?

Europa Mission Launched
In the first of a two-part analysis of plans to launch a spacecraft to Jupiter’s moon Europa, Spaceflight looks at the scientific reasons for sending a probe to one of the solar system’s most enigmatic bodies and how the mission might evolve.

NASA astronaut assignments
Commercial contenders for sending astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil are getting ready to fly, so NASA has assigned four crewmembers to help pilot these new capsules into space. But when will these flights begin?

Treasures in the Closet
Dwayne Day goes behind the scenes at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC, to see the breadth of artifacts on display or in restoration that may one day sit front-stage for public view.

Fall of a Titan
Space historian and renowned author Joel Powell tells the picture-story of a Tian I which failed shortly after launch on a test flight in 1960.

Qualified success for LDSD
NASA is trying to find a way to get big spacecraft down to the surface of Mars. Joel Powell reports on one test which proves success is hard to come by!

Regular Features

Britain in Space – ECSAT hailed a triumph by ESA

News Analysis – Pluto Revealed!

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 512 June 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 June to 15 July 2015

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

Society News –Soviet-Chinese Forum – UK Space Conference 2015 – 2015 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 10 – October 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 10 – October 2015

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On to Mars – But not yet!
Andrew Jackson was at the 18th annual Mars Society Conference in Washington DC in mid-August where the call for a major push on getting humans to the Red Planet was as loud as ever. But this time, the US President is in the sights for a lobby push.

Europa Mission Unveiled
In the second of a two-part analysis the NASA mission to Europa is examined as participants gather to consider their plans for a mission destined to peel back the secrets of Jupiter’s remote ice world with an ocean.

The ISS – Taking Stock
A major report on the expanding cost of the International Space Station implies that the commercial contracts for resupply and crew delivery are to blame but the Editor argues that the value of the facility cannot be counted in dollars paid, claiming that it is vital for future exploration.

Cities at Night
As winter falls, the nights are getting lighter. At least that’s the view from space as light pollution from LEDs can be seen from space, dazzling drivers and pilots and blocking out the night sky for astronomers.

Honour to the Fallen Astronauts
Rick Mulheirn and Danny Van Hoecke tell the story of the commemorative figurine crafted by Paul Van Hoeydonck, left on the surface of the Moon by Apollo 15 Commander David Scott and of the misfortune that befell a noble idea

Eileen Collins wows Yorkshire audiences
Rick Mulheirn reports on the visit to Pontefract by astronaut Eileen Collins and how she attracted interest and high regard as a pilot and as a person.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – UK boosts Indonesian space effort

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 513 July 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 July to 15 August 2015

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

Obituary – Alexei Gubarev (1931-2015)

Off the Shelf – The X-15 Rocket Plane – NASA Gemini 1965-1966

Society News – UK Space 2015, A reflective view – BIS Tour of V-2 Rocket Sites – Suszann Parry-Executive Secretary – Space Art Spectacular

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 11 – November 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 11 – November 2015

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The Martian
Spaceflight has worked with Fox Film to bring you a preview introduction to the new space movie from Andrew Weir’s book about an astronaut stranded on Mars

Soyuz 23 – a cascade of wrongs
George Spiteri gives us a look back at an early Soviet Soyuz flight to the Salyut 5 space station in which just about everything appeared to go wrong – from the beginning.

Remembering Explorer 29
Pat Norris provides a first-hand account of a very special, but largely unknown, programme to launch an early geodesic survey programme using an Explorer-class satellite, recalling its objective and its accomplishments.

Searching for ET
Geoff Carter reflects on whether we are all alone in the Universe and whether we are even looking in the right place for life elsewhere in the solar system and beyond, finding a chilling conclusion from an examination of the evolution of life on Earth.

Venus Express
Ten years after the launch of the European Space Agency’s Venus Express, new findings are casting light upon a cloud-shrouded planet, Earth’s sister twin which may not be as dissimilar as we thought.

The Big G
With previously unpublished pictures of a version of the Gemini spacecraft which could have provided more economical crew and cargo transport to Earth-orbiting space stations, Dwayne Day examines Big G – a big idea eclipsed before its time.

Dwarfs reign supreme
A new map for Pluto and the next destination for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are unveiled as the planetary community gets ready for another Kuiper Belt Object encounter.

Regular Features

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 514 August 2015

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

Inbox – From Space Station to the Moon and Mars

Obituary – Peter Conchie (1928-2015)

Off the Shelf – The International Handbook of Space Technology - After Apollo, Richard Nixon and the American Space Program

Society News – BIS welcomes new President

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Spaceflight Vol 57 No 12 – December 2015

Spaceflight Vol 57 No 12 – December 2015

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COSMONAUTS: Birth of the Space Age
Vix Southgate took a wander down to the Science Museum to check out the new exhibition of Soviet space hardware and came back more than a little impressed with what she found.

Tereshkova’s unseen sister
Tony Quine has a habit of rooting out previously untold stories about Soviet and Russian space affairs. He has been at it again and shares the fascinating story behind the woman selected to carry out physiological research prior to Valentina Tereshkova’s historic flight.

Aiming High
Chris McIntosh, CEO of ViaSat UK shares his thoughts about Britain and the space programme and comes out with a very positive view and a few recommendations of his own in this exclusive feature.

Countdown to Principia
Nick Spall caught up with Tim Peake as he nears his historic mission to the International Space Station, Britain’s second astronaut and its first flying as a representative of the European Space Agency.

THE MARTIAN – A love letter to science
Spaceflight takes a look behind the scenes of the latest space film, hailed by NASA as a great inspiration for the effort to get humans to the Red Planet, and finds out what it takes a make a big screen movie of this kind.

Apollo astronauts return to Iceland
It was just one place they came to learn geology before going to the Moon but Apollo astronauts have a special regard for the hospitality and sheer ruggedness of this island in the Atlantic Ocean, as Ken MacTaggart reports.

Seven Steps to Space Settlement
Derek Webber has a plan to get humans off-planet and living in secure settlements in space and defines the way to do that through a series of incremental steps.

Regular Features

ISS Operations Summary – 16 August to 30 September 2015

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 515 September 2015

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

Inbox – NASA Commercial Crew Program – Life Force – News Management – For the Record – Lessons learned

Obituary – Wilfred Neat (1920-2015)

Off the Shelf – The Aviation Historian – Voices of the Soviet Space Program

Society News – BIS and Herschel Society Event – West Midlands Branch in UN Space Week

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