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Spaceflight Vol 59 No 01 – January 2017

Spaceflight Vol 59 No 01 – January 2017

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Trump on Space
With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA and an all-Republican Congress, the Editor looks at prospects for the space programme under the new administration

ISS Rescoped
The Russians are downsizing their presence on the ISS so how does the manifest look for 2017?

To Mars via HoloLens
Buzz Aldrin has helped launch a new virtual experience at the Kennedy Space Center. Is this the way for Earthlings to experience Mars?

Webb Telescope optics complete!
With two years to go before launch, the mirror is complete on the world’s biggest space telescope.

German women for space
The search is on to find the first woman astronaut from Germany, with finalists vying for a seat on a Soyuz.

The Big One is Coming!
With increasing attention to the risk from Near Earth Objects, just how is the impact probability assessed?

Massimino on the Road
Rick Mulheirn caught up with retired astronaut Mike Massimino to find out what motivates him and what he is planning to do now.

Icarus Spacecraft Designs – Part 2
Peter Milne brings us up to date with continuing activity on starship studies with coverage of Resolution, Zeus and IDD designs.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Beagle 2 New Evidence

ISS Report – 16 October 2016-15 November 2016

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

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

Shelf – Reality Check – Bugs in Space – Be careful…

Satellite Digest – 528 October 2016

Society News – BIS and IAASS sign MOU – Belgian branch meets – Ordnance Survey on Mars – Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2016 – NLV working day

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Spaceflight Vol 59 No 02 – February 2017

Spaceflight Vol 59 No 02 – February 2017

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German female astronauts
Having introduced the competition to find Germany’s first woman astronaut in last month’s issue of Spaceflight, Tony Quine now provides brief biographical details on the candidates.

Remembering Apollo 1
Fifty years on from America’s first catastrophe in a manned spacecraft, the Editor looks again at the tragic circum-stances which led to the loss of three astronauts and to the wider repercussions.

Humans in Space – an Update
In this age of political convulsions Spaceflight reviews the changes and the challenges now facing protagonists of human space missions and asks whether it is not time to renew links with the commercial world.

STRAWMAN – The Deep Black Signals Intelligence Satellite
Intelligence analyst and specialist Dwayne Day opens the books on a class of satellite which served both tactical and strategic interests during the chilly days of the Cold War.

Volker Lieberg
Renowned Belgian space historian and archivist Theo Pirard speaks with the outgoing head of ESA’s Earth observa-tion satellite programmes and discusses the development of the integrated pan-European programme.

Regular Features

News Analysis – “God Speed John Glenn”

ISS Report – 16 November 2016-8 December 2016

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 529 November 2016

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

Correspondence – Reality Check – Bugs in Space – Be careful…

Obituary – John R. Garman

Shelf – William Leitch – SpaceX’s Dragon

Society News – 2016 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards - Rockets in Droitwich

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Spaceflight Vol 59 No 03 – March 2017

Spaceflight Vol 59 No 03 – March 2017

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

Region in a future Mars colony?
Konrad Szocik examines whether a permanently isolated colony on Mars will choose to have a religion based upon new and reconsidered philosophy of purpose, or whether the conventions of Earth-based colonisation will no longer apply.

Rosetta - Ice and origins
New studies of the Rosetta mission reveal high quantities of carbon dioxide ice while other researchers place the origin of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the outer reaches of the solar system where the Kuiper belt resides.

The Kelly Twins
Rick Mulheirn takes the Kelly Twins in hand and describes an evening in which they discuss all aspects of their space activities at another stunning Space Lectures event.

Where no bullets fly
Spaceflight takes a look at the threats to civilian satellites from a diversification of intelligence gathering assets now providing instant information overlain with sensory data from ordinary citizens as they go about their daily lives.

Gold plated monster – JWST nears completion
Dwayne A. Day took time to check out the latest assembly and test stages for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at the Goddard Space Flight Center, finding it entering the next phase of tests.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Data Highways Open – Going, going… – ExoMars Success

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 9 December 2016 - 8 January 2017

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

Satellite Digest – 530 December 2016

Society News – Interstellar Challenge 2016

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Spaceflight Vol 59 No 04 – April 2017

Spaceflight Vol 59 No 04 – April 2017

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The birth of Cape Canaveral
Joel W. Powell has long had an interest in the origins and development of the Cape Canaveral facilities and again shares with us another chapter in the history of this remarkable place, from where the first US satellites were launched and from where early rocket tests took place.

Modelling the ISS
Keith McNeill shares with us his extraordinary effort at building a model of the International Space Station. Combined with masterful skills at making miniature modules and trusses, Keith brings great talent to bear with his photographic expertise.

ESA’s spaceplane at T+25 years
Luc van den Abeelen looks back to European aspirations for an autonomous spaceplane capable of carrying astronauts into space and conducting research experiments in microgravity conditions, re-examining the Hermes programme and its many vicissitudes.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Health check on Commercial Space

A Letter from the Editor

ISS Report – 9 January - 8 February 2017

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

Satellite Digest – 531 January 2017

Obituary – Eugene A. Cernan (1934-2017)

Society News – Patrick Moore Medal Award - NLV Study Day - Nominations Invited - Penny Wright MBE, FBIS - Astrofest UK - Space Art in Wells

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Spaceflight Vol 59 No 05 – May 2017

Spaceflight Vol 59 No 05 – May 2017

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NASA’s latest women astronauts
Dr Neil Da Costa begins our special selection of features about women in space with a review of the four women astronauts selected in 2013 but who became eligible for flight assignment in 2015. They were part of the first group chosen by NASA equally divided in number between men and women.

German Female Astronaut Initiative
Tony Quine tracks the continuing activity to find a single candidate for sending a German woman astronaut to space, with the six finalists now waiting for the next phase of the competition.

Hidden Figures
Robin Tucker reports on the film “Hidden Figures” and the aspirational use of the story about African-American women in NASA’s Mercury programme. Used by 20th Century Fox to encourage more girls to select STEM subjects for school and university, Robin shows how simulating stories such as this can have a very real motivational effect.

Speedmaster for space!
Philip Corneille makes a welcome return to Spaceflight, bringing us the fascinating story of Omega, space-rated watches and the unique, but largely ignored part they play in the story of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo mis-sions.

UK Space on the Up
Co-founder of Nebula Sciences Ltd, Samuel Harrison provides an insightful reflection on the progress being made to place the UK at the very centre of international space activities through its science and engineering teams across the country.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Trump Reshapes NASA – ISS balance shift

ISS Report – 9 February - 8 March 2017

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

Satellite Digest – 532 February 2017

Obituary – Piers Sellers (1955-2016)

Correspondence – Connections - For Want of a petal… - Hermes Reassessed – Trapped in a web? – The human fac-tor

Society News – A New technical Project – New Advocacy Group

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Spaceflight Vol 59 No 06 – June 2017

Spaceflight Vol 59 No 06 – June 2017

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Blue Origin: Star Trek Reality
Gerard van der Haar and Luc van den Abeelen get inside the secretive Blue Origin company and dig deep into the aspirations of founder Jeff Bezos to explain his long-term plans and new launch vehicles.

Lunar Mission One
Some 45 years after the most recent human footprints were left on the Moon, plans are under way to send robot-ic surveyors to the lunar surface – and a personal digital box! Founder David Irons explains.

Cruising the Kuiper Belt
With a breath-taking fly-by of Pluto behind them, mission planners are targeting the New Horizons spacecraft for more encounters to come as it cruises deeper into this enigmatic region of the solar system.

Revelations from Rosetta
The comet has gone and with it further operations with the Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae lander but scientists are getting to grips with a fascinating story of change on the surface of a transient visitor.

TRAPPIST-1: Destination or Deceiver?
The recent announcement that there is a family of planets around the star TRAPPIST-1 sent speculation soaring that a mini solar system might harbour life. But all is not as it might at first seem.

Expeditions to the Outer Planets
Interest is growing in the role played by Uranus and Neptune as the dramatic part they played in organising the structure of our solar system becomes clearer, with some scientists calling for new missions.

Gateways to Mars?
NASA has an objective to send humans to Mars, but no plan. Commercial launch providers have a plan to provide rockets which could do that without taxpayer’s dollars. Do we just need to get the two together?

The Next Voyage of Columbia
Dwayne Day brings us up to date with restoration work on the Apollo 11 Command Module and gives a foretaste of a celebratory tour to come.

“Scooter” on stage
Rick Mulheirn was with astronaut Scott Altman on his recent visit to the UK and with with him and his wife to re-flect on a glittering career.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Space access from UK

A Letter from the Editor

ISS Report – 9 March - 8 April 2017

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

Correspondence – No place in Space – Little Green Men – A clerical view – Flawed? - Backlash

Satellite Digest – 533 March 2017

Society News – Cosford - Another success – Anna Smith visits the BIS

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Spaceflight Vol 59 No 07 – July 2017

Spaceflight Vol 59 No 07 – July 2017

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NASA’s Roadmap to Mars: Stepping stones or stumbling blocks
After many years of deliberation and hardware development to acquire a deep space capability leading to putting humans on Mars, NASA has a map for how it will get humans to the Red Planet by the mid-2030s.

Space Launch System Evolves
Now little more than two years away from its first flight, we look at the current state of development with what will become the world’s most powerful launch vehicle and assess how progress is being made against some chal-lenging obstacles.

Hubble Space Telescope and the Shuttle: Advanced Satellite Servicing
Christopher Gainor FBIS takes time out from his work as one of a team under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for an official history of the HST to tell us about the challenges of servicing the giant telescope.

Regular Features

News Analysis – Hypersonic Strike or Reusable Launch Vehicle?

A Letter from the Editor

ISS Report – 9 April - 8 May 2017

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 534 April 2017

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

Society News – It is rocket science! – Anna Smith Visits the BIS – Suszann Parry Receives IAF Award

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