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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 01 – January 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 01 – January 2016

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Peake on countdown – to the ISS and beyond
As British astronaut Tim Peake gets ready for his ride into space, Spaceflight reviews the build-up to this mission and examines the possibilities that may unfold as a result of European contributions to NASA’s Orion programme.

Ready to go!
What happens when Tim Peake arrives at the International Space Station, where can I watch it, listen to it, follow it, and what are the broadcasters doing about special programming? We provide the directory to a media frenzy!

BIS Technical Projects
Robin Brand has been busy gathering the latest information about studies, research projects and practical experiments now underway at the BIS, the first in a periodic series of roundups.

Icarus Progress Report
First came Daedalus, now Icarus and Spaceflight catches up with progress in the last two years on concepts for a starship, one of the most exciting possibilities facing mankind.

Unseen challenges in a Mars colony
Konrad Szocik examines the psychological and social challenges facing humans in a Mars colony and looks at the kind of society that could develop in an autonomous settlement separated from Earth.

IAC 2015 at the Holy City
David Todd reports from Jerusalem on the atmosphere at the 66th International Astronautical Congress and reviews projects, programmes and future projects discussed.

Birthplace of the V-2
Alan Marlow and BIS members were with a tour group visiting several places where German rocketry began and matured in the 1930s, taking in the remains of production facilities in the Harz Mountains.

Regular Features

Letter from the Editor

ISS Operations Summary – 1 to 31 October 2015

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 516 October 2015

Obituary – George E Mueller (1918-2015)

Off the Shelf – Sacramento’s Moon Rockets – Breaking the Chains of Gravity

Correspondence – Setting the record straight – Life Force – A promise for the future?

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

Society News – The BIS at Autographica – Jim Lovell at Space Lectures – The Martian – A visit from NASA

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 02 – February 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 02 – February 2016

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A Cygnus takes flight
The US logistical supply chain to the International Space Station is back on track, courtesy of an Atlas launch vehicle.

Planning for the Unthinkable
Timothy Braithwaite and astronaut Robert Thirsk explore the product of their work to make space flight safer, preparing for contingencies and anticipating unpredictable flaws.

Armstrong’s Moon Cardiac Scare
Dr William Rowe explains the results of his work on potential cardiac threats to human performance in the lunar environment, with alarming conclusions about Apollo 11.

Orion gets a makeover
The Editor takes a look at Orion modifications to reduce work load and improve performance. Plus, we reveal the trajectory for the next unmanned mission.

European Service Module on its way
David Todd reports on developments with the ESM for the next Orion flight in 2018 and speculates on the importance of this work to Europe’s space industry.

SLS – A Giant Rocket for big jobs
With significant milestones now being reached on the Space Launch System, David Todd reports on growing interest in possible missions.

Flying Machines in Naked Glory
Dwayne Day took his camera along to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, and caught some iconic hardware in the process of restoration.

Rockets at RIS – Oxford 2015
Innovative rocket concepts emerged at the Reinventing Space Conference during November.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Showcasing UK Space – Staying Alive

Letter from the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Operations Summary – 1 to 30 November 2015

Satellite Digest – 517 November 2015

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

Society News – Seeking aliens! – The BIS to get a new ExecSec – National Student Award

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 03 – March 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 03 – March 2016

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NASA rejigs Orion/SLS plans
Future plans for sending astronauts beyond Earth orbit rest at present with NASA’s Orion spacecraft, sent on its way by the Space Launch System. But it may take longer than expected to get astronauts flying around the Moon on the first crewed flight, a mission that might not happen before 2023 at the earliest. The Editor explains why.

ISS Operations
Events have conspired to give George Spiteri more than double his usual allocation of pages in this issue. Well, there is little else you can do when the first British ESA astronaut flies to the ISS and completes a successful spacewalk all in his first month! George takes us through the six weeks to mid-January to catch up with an exciting four weeks for Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station.

A plea from the Editor
Spaceflight is going multi-platformed, and if you don’t know what that means the Editor explains all as he outlines the broad and diverse range of news, information and analysis now available, not only in the print magazine but also on the BIS website and in the members-only section where there never was a better reason to join the BIS.

What doomed Mars Polar Lander?
Writing one of the blackest chapters in NASA history, in December 1999 Mars Polar Lander was destroyed when it impacted the surface of the Red Planet. An enquiry determined that the retro-rockets had shut down too early when the landing gear deployed prematurely. Now, space sleuth Joel Powell has uncovered a different and more satisfactory conclusion – from a man who should know!

ESA at Mars
With the European Space Agency little more than a month away from the launch of its ExoMars 2016 mission, Spaceflight reviews the long and chequered history of this flagship programme, first in a two-segment plan to put a roving vehicle on the surface before the end of the decade.

Regular Features

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 518 December 2015

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

Off the Shelf – Pioneering American Rocketry: The RMI Story – Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury & Gemini/Spaceshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo – German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie – Bigelow Aerospace: Colonizing Space One Module at a Time – How We’ll Live on Mars

Obituaries – Fred Durant (1916-2015)

Correspondence – Musings on Imagination

Society News – IS-Italia progress report – Visions of Space: IAAA artists in Somerset

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 04 – April 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 04 – April 2016

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The Men from MOL
Rowland White shares with Spaceflight the story of the astronauts who migrated from the Manned Orbiting Laboratory to NASA and trained for long duration flights before participating in Shuttle missions.

Settlement of Mars: is it possible?
Stephen Ashworth appeals for a combined government/commercial partnership to extend the human presence to Mars and populate the first settlements on Earth’s nearest, habitable planet.

ExoMars Countdown
The launch of ESA’s 2016 ExoMars mission is imminent and we describe the activities at Baikonur as teams from across Europe prepare it for departure on a Proton rocket.

Which way to Mars, please?
With development of the Orion spacecraft and the SLS rocket moving toward a first flight in a little over two years from now, just what are the options for NASA as it sets its sights on Mars?

Icarus Designs – Part 1
Peter Milne gives us an update on progress with Project Icarus and explains two of the four options available for the design team, given the revised specification from Daedalus.

NASA’s Lost Boilerplate
Eddie Pugh tells the fascinating story of a boilerplate Apollo Command Module which went AWOL in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, recovered by the Russians and returned to its owner!

Saturn/Apollo to Venus via Mars
Spaceflight Editor David Baker describes a little publicised proposal to use a combination of Apollo hardware to send astronauts to the nearest planets on long duration fly-by missions.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Funding battle brewing

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Operations – 16 January-15 February 2016

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

Satellite Digest – 519 January 2016

Society News – Patrick Moore Medal Award – A 50 year Career in Space – Skylab assignment

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 05 – May 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 05 – May 2016

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Expeditions to Mars
The blueprint for getting humans to Mars has not yet been written but the options are narrowing. Just how soon the preparatory steps will be taken is the focus of this review of NASA’s plans for a reconnaissance mission to Phobos before landings on the Red Planet. We also discuss the method selected for getting there.

A heart to heart
Physician Dr William J. Rowe takes issue with NASA about the effects of weightlessness on the ability of the human body to adapt to challenging conditions during long duration space flight and on the effects that have already been observed on astronauts from the Apollo era.

An Infrared eye on the Universe
It’s been a long time coming but the flight of the James Webb Space Telescope is now only two years away. As the hardware comes together and the observatory nears assembly, we take a look at this extraordinary endeavour to build the biggest space observatory to date.

Visions of Space
Chris Starr has assembled a stellar group of space artists from the UK and abroad to reveal some of the outstanding artworks gathered together for the space art exhibition at Wells, Somerset, in November 2015.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Time to think bigger?

ISS Report – 16 February-15 March 2016

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 520 February 2016

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

Shelf – RAE Farnborough Space Department: A History – Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control 1965-1992 – Space Mythologies: Public images, private memories & the making of a cultural identity

Obituary – Eric “Winkle” Brown (1919-2016)

Correspondence – A timely comparison – Who owns space? – BIS bias? – Restoration

History Picture Competition - Don Thomas at the BIS - Kettering Group Remembers - Soviet/Chinese Forum

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 06 – June 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 06 – June 2016

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Utilising Resources
Nick Spall discusses the thorny issue of accessing the mineral resources of the solar system and reviews the many legal, ethical and moral questions raised by extending our propensity to outgrow our place on Earth by supplementing depleting resources through scavenging other worlds.

A Vanishing Era
Joel Powell has watched the changing Cape Canaveral landscape for many decades and brings a disturbing tale of wanton abandonment as launch pads and block houses are erased for ever in the conversion of the area as a new age in space activity brings different rockets to Florida.

The Cosmonauts challenge
Ian Blatchford and Dr Natalia Sidlina provide a revealing insight to the extraordinary effort required to bring an unprecedented range of Russian space hardware to the Science Museum in London, our tribute to an outstanding exhibition, remembered through a special photographic visit by Bob Christy.

Kettering and the Plesetsk site
Mike Sinnett of the Kettering Group recalls the time when British amateurs, still at school, provided unparalleled detail on the activities of the Soviet space programme and reports on a historic reunion at a very special birthday celebration.

Saturn V F-1 parts retrieved
The UK’s greatest authority on the Saturn V, rocket engineer Alan Lawrie describes the recovery of key sections of F-1 engines from the ocean floor off Cape Canaveral, testimony to the world’s largest successful launch vehicle and now an iconic representation of the “golden age” of space exploration.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Don’t Break It!

ISS Report – 16 March-15 April 2016

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Shelf – Into the Black – World Launcher Review 2015-16 – Thor Ballistic Missile

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

Satellite Digest – 521 March 2016

Society News – A Change of Leadership – BIS Vision and Strategy Meeting – Westcott gets a visit – Tom Stafford in Yorkshire

Obituary – Morris V. Jenkins (1923-2016)

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 07 – July 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 07 – July 2016

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The Overview Effect
What is it that draws astronauts to gaze at the Earth? Psychologists are just beginning to study the effect of looking at our home planet and whether it is more important to our well-being than merely existing as place to live in.

Farewell Messenger
Launched almost 13 years ago, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft is a triumph of spacecraft engineering and a landmark in planetary exploration, becoming the first to orbit Mercury. We take a look at its accomplish-ments as we say farewell.

M for Monster
Space historian Dwayne Day opens the files on a cryogenic rocket motor which could have powered ad-vanced versions of the Saturn rocket to found out why it never flew.

SpaceX takes NAA to Mars!
The US space agency has signed a deal with SpaceX to support a Dragon mission to Mars in 2018, a key step to putting humans on the Red Planet.

MOL/DORIAN Files Opened
Dr Neil Da Costa reports on another tranche of previously classified documents on the history of one of the most publicised spy satellites of all time and explores why it never got off the ground.

Higher and Faster – The Evolution of Rocket Planes
Michel van Pelt tracks the background to the developing story of rocket planes and connects a very old mar-riage to the possibilities for rocket flight in the future.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Stevenage wins BIOMASS contract – STEM centre for Stevenage

A Letter from the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 16 April-15 May 2016

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

Satellite Digest – 522 April 2016

Shelf – International Space Station – Space Shuttle: A Photographic Journey – Abandoned in Place: Preserv-ing America’s Space History

Obituary – Edgar Dean Mitchell (1930-2016) – John Hazelwood (1946-2016)

Correspondence – A New Place in Space – Hidden Treasures – Site Survey

Society News – A call to Tim Peake - Request for presentations - Dave Shayler on Hubble

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 08 – August 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 08 – August 2016

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Bigelow’s expanded space
Gerard van de Haar and L. van den Abeelen report on the expansive plans of a billionaire’s dream to empower the drive for deep-space exploration through the use of compact, expandable structures rather than rigid modules.

Stellar performance!
Tim Peake returned home on 18 June. We take a look at the busy schedule during his six months in space and identify the milestones from launch to landing, also looking at the challenges of returning to Earth.

Tim Peake – the man
What kind of man is Tim Peake and what has it taken for him to become Britain’s first ESA astronaut? We reflect on his rise to fame and define why he has done this and how.

The Science of Principia
Tim Peake’s mission carried a lot of science and arguably the most directly relevant to people on Earth are the medical experiments and scientific studies into human physiology and psychology he conducted.

Celebrating a 25th!
Helen Sharman was the star guest at a gathering of cosmonauts in London to remember the first British astronaut and the mission which very nearly didn’t happen.

Soviet/Chinese Technical Forum
Dave Shayler recounts the 36th gathering of specialists and experts on space activities of the former Soviet bloc and on China’s emerging programme, a record attendance for an established BIS event.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Broken ARM

A Letter from the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 16 May-15 June 2016

Satellite Digest – 523 May 2016

Correspondence – Astronauts on Trees – A place to stay – A perfect pitch – Gender bender – Mixed emotions

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

Society News – For outstanding contributions – Rocketplanes galore – IAF Congress student competition – We need your help!

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 09 – September 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 09 – September 2016

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The RAF’s Thor Sites
John Boyes follows up his latest book on the British deployment of the Thor missile with a summary of the choices available supporting a deployment which was at best a short-lived political move.

ESA head aims for innovation
David Todd interviewed ESA Director-General Johann-Dietrich Woerner to seek his views on a range of critical issues as a challenging period ahead brings questions concerning direction and future policy.

Humans in Space and Chemical Risks to Health
A government expert on health issues, Dr John R. Cain explores the many ways in which future space explorers should manage health risk and about the chemical cocktails that could threaten life.

Peake reflections
On returning to Europe after his historic six-months in space between December 2015 and June 2016, UK astronaut Tim Peake speaks about his memorable stay aboard the ISS.

BRICS in Space
Spaceflight contributor Gurbir Singh reports on a unique and progressive organisation which brings together a group of space-faring countries to pool assets for civilian applications and asks whether this could be a model for the future.

Regular Features

News Analysis – JUNO at Jupiter

A Letter from the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 15 June-16 July 2016

Satellite Digest – 524 June 2016

Obituaries – Hartmut Sänger – Harry Oskar Ruppe – Hervé Moulin

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

Correspondence – Rocket Planes – An appreciation – For humanity – Site survey

Society News – With gratitude

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 10 – October 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 10 – October 2016

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This issue is out of print and is available as download only.

Controlling Exposure to Deadly Martian Microbes
People are dead set on going to Mars. Dr John Cain provides the last of his two articles examining the risks inherent in deep-space exploration with an examination of the possible dangers from working on the surface of the Red Planet. Can extremophiles from other worlds threaten human life – all of it?

Spacefest 7
Chris Starr attended the seventh Spacefest event this year at Tucson, Arizona, 9-12 June and reflects on a gathering of all the “greats” in the world of space together with astronauts, historians, artists and writers of science fact and science fiction.

Spaceflight at 60 Special!

Introduction

Roots of Ownership – the origins of the BIS and the Journal

Spaceflight Rising – the story of the magazine’s history

Spaceflight and me – David Hardy on what Spaceflight meant to him

Memories – Clive Simpson on his association with the BIS and Spaceflight

Regular Features

News Analysis – Space action at Farnborough

A Letter from the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 16 July-15 August 2016

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

Satellite Digest – 525 July 2016

Society News – The BIS Space Conference - A Labour of Love - The Society’s 71st AGM - Removing Debris - The Sokol Spacesuit

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Spaceflight vol 58 No 11 – November 2016

Spaceflight vol 58 No 11 – November 2016

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Give me SPACE!
Gerard van de Haar reviews the candidate concepts for NASA’s NextStep-2 technology competition em-bracing potential habitation modules for supporting deep-space exploration. He also explains how NASA is already conducting tests with simulated isolation experiments using volunteers.

Skylark at Heritage Museum
Robin Brand describes a visit to the new museum heralding the aerospace achievements of Bristol’s associated industry and explains how the Skylark rocket will be a prominent feature of the displays.

Britain’s Space Shuttle
Dan Sharp previews publication of his book on British attempts to build a reusable shuttlecraft with an over-view of an impressive and little-known project which failed on the altar of political indecision and vacilla-tion, leaving the Americans, impressed with the British work, to pick up the challenge.

Science by spaceplane
Vladmir Pletser of the Suborbital Research Association is pushing hard to get space tourism married to real scientific research and to guide the use of suborbital flying machines into the hands of investigators and ex-perimenters seeking a middle road between sounding rockets and satellites.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Failure or flaw? – New Glenn from Blue Origin

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 16 August-15 September 2016

Satellite Digest – 526 August 2016

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

Society News – BIS-Italia at star party

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Spaceflight Vol 58 No 12 – December 2016

Spaceflight Vol 58 No 12 – December 2016

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The Eyes Have It!
Added to multiple concerns about the health risks of long duration weightlessness, evidence is now growing that long-term and sometimes permanent damage to the ocular system is being seen as astronauts spend more time in space.

Mexico hosts IAC 2016
David Todd sampled the mood at the 67th International Astronautical Congress and reports for Spaceflight on the atmosphere at this annual gathering of space officials, dignitaries and personalities.

Musk on Mars
Following in the tradition of some of the great space visionaries of the past, Elon Musk has outlined a grand plan for colonisation of Mars and envisages vast fleets of giant space liners to achieve his dream.

What future for human space flight?
Nick Spall previews the key decisions vital for sustained commitment to UK participation in human space flight coming up at the Ministerial meeting in Europe in December.

America’s First Rocket Company
Celebrated space historian Frank H. Winter remembers the 75th anniversary of Reaction Motors Incorporated, the first US rocket company.

New Paths to Mars
Andrew Jackson reports on the 19th annual conference of the Mars Society in Washington DC and reflects on the various proposals discussed.

Regular Features

News Analysis – ExoMars A Qualified Success

A Letter from The Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 16 September 2016-15 October 2016

Satellite Digest – 527 September 2016

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

Correspondence – Flying High – Shuttles in contention

Society News – World Space Week - Battle in Space - ExCel Indeed!

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