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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 55 No 12 - December 2013

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Peake practice
Keeping track of UK ESA astronaut Tim Peake, Spaceflight reports on training sessions with the remote manipulator system in Canada and on familiarization checks with the Orlan space suit and Russia’s unique EVA equipment.

End of a 40 year Countdown
Bart Hendrickx tells the story of Russia’s NK-33 rocket engine programme, beginning when it was designed for the fated N-1 Moon rocket launcher. Now the NK-33 powers the first stage of the Antares rocket used by Orbital Sciences to place the Cygnus resupply module in orbit.

Mixed messages from Curiosity
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) box on NASA’s Curiosity rover has produced results which, while not precluding the fact that life could have existed on Mars in the first aeon of its evolution, may make it more difficult to detect traces of such activity on later missions.

MAVEN to Mars
Continuing our coverage of news from Mars, MAVEN is set to launch mid-November on a mission to find out why the atmosphere of Mars is so rare today, helping to unravel indications of a very different environment in the past. Set to reach Mars in September 2014, MAVEN will complement earlier spacecraft and target the Sun-Mars interaction in a unique way.

The 2013 IAC in Beijing
Scott Hatton reports from Beijing on the 64th International Astronautical Congress where politics had a part to play but where the BIS made ground on exerting an international stance through agreements consolidating cooperation with new groups. With a memorandum of understanding between the BIS for the UK and the NVR for the Netherlands, a great deal of progress was made toward expanding mutual interests within the IAF and between respective organisations. .

Viewpoint
Nelson Bridwell takes us into the speculative world of space faction, where possibilities for the future collide with the realities of the present. Arguing for a balanced view of why we go into space, and that real space exploration need not be profitable, he sets the bar at a realistic level and supports an early Moon base as the way to proceed.

Britain in Space – UK scientist unlocks Mars secret – Goodbye to GOCE

World News Analysis – ISS gets new supply chain

In brief – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 491 September 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 11 September to 20 October 2013

Inbox – A call to arms – A new future – No time to sit back! – Critiquing Inspiration – To boldly go – Legacy of an innovative mission

Off the shelf – Integrating Women into the Astronaut Corps

Obituaries – Malcolm Scott Carpenter – Milton Silveira – John Billingham – Mike Wargo

Society News – BIS History Committee – Northern Branch event in Space Week – Apollo veteran at South-West Special – Icarus Concept Design Workshop – Odyssey Evolves – BIS and IET at Warwick for Space Week

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 11 - November 2013

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Mission to a Dusty moon
Launched on 6 September by the first Minotaur V, the LADEE spacecraft is heading for a rendezvous with the Moon and a survey of the lunar atmosphere where dust, charged particles and a very thin gaseous envelope bring trace changes to the environment of our nearest celestial neighbour.

The Home of Atlantis
Rick Mulheirn tours the new home for the Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Editor reflects on a high-performing spaceship that carried a variety of military, planetary and astrophysical payloads as well as contributing to the assembly of the International Space Station and performing the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The birth of European comsats
Cliff Hughes winds back the clock and traces the origin of space telecommunications in Europe, beginning in the heart of the continent and migrating to the UK. The development of communications satellites within ESRO led directly to Eutelsat, which in turn resulted in OTS and ECS.

The ‘Comet of the Century’ – from Skylab
Nick Howes talks to Skylab astronaut Ed Gibson about the third and final visit to NASA’s one and only all-American space station, asking him particularly about the observations the crew were asked to carry out on a comet that ended up being dubbed the ‘fizzle’ on Earth but a heart-stopping spectacle from space.

Mining the asteroids
Steven Cutts takes a long, hard look at suggestions that deep-space flight by humans could secure and retrieve an asteroid and bring it closer to Earth for analysis and sample-return, asking whether it is as easy as it sounds and why do it anyway?

Britain in Space – SSTL designs exoplanet survey platform – EKSA in force at EPSC

World News Analysis – Resurrecting WISE for asteroid hunt – Apollo launch pad for sale – Ten cubed

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Smaller is better says Air Force

Satellite Digest – 490 August 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 August to 10 September 2013

Obituaries – Bruce Murray – Charles Gordon Fullerton

Off the Shelf – Realizing Tomorrow; The Path to Private Spaceflight – Space Exploration; All that Matters

Society News – From Imagination To Reality 2

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 10 - October 2013

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THE BIS AT 80!

The BIS at 80
BIS President Alistair Scott reviews the state of the Society in this, its 80th year and looks to the wide range of activities in which it is now engaged, projecting ahead and giving his appraisal of challenges as it looks to the future.

A Prehistory of Outer Space
Dr Bob Parkinson looks back over the last eight decades to give an overview of contributions made by the Society to domestic and international ventures, at home and abroad, explaining how the BIS influenced decisions over the type of rocket needed to launch the first satellites into space.

A new alliance - a new start
Scott Hatton, chair of the IAF Space Society Committee reflects on the importance of the International Astronautical Federation, to the role played by the BIS from its outset, and to the new IAF Alliance.

Paths to the future
Richard Osborne, chair of the BIS Technical Committee reviews the many separate technical and study activities underway to provide the Society with its first hands-on development of payloads designed for space flight, to study the requirements of future space programmes and propose exciting new missions to the Moon.

Meet the team!
Spaceflight pulls aside the curtain at BIS headquarters in London and takes readers behind the scenes to see who really does the work to keep the Society alive and well on a daily basis. We look at staff and volunteers, remembering that this is a combined team effort delivering lectures, meetings and four publications.

Britain in Space – Alphasat hailed as a great success – Fertile ground? – Letter from the Editor

World News Analysis – X-37B heading for KSC?

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Noose tightens on Orion – Lori Garver to leave NASA

Satellite Digest – 489 July 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 July to 15 August 2013

Inbox – A drawn SABRE; Skylon’s time has come – Mighty Titans and rocket boys

Society News – Liverpool birthday celebration

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 09 - September 2013

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A conversation with Al Worden – 2
Chris Starr concludes his interview with Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden with a discussion about his mission, what his thoughts were manning the Command Module and what the flight meant to him, as an astronaut and as a human being.

Burn like Thunder!
Dwayne Day looks at the possible re-development of the F-1 of Saturn V fame and reviews its potential as a main-stage hydrocarbon engine for the Space Launch System as well as being a contender for the advanced boosters which will be necessary for the Block 2 variant.

Opportunity update
JPL’s oldest working rover on Mars is on a fast sprint to the hills again, finding a slope to see it through winter. We take a look at this little pioneer, now heading toward 10 years on the surface of Meridiani Planum.

Curiosity roundup
The Curiosity rover is laying tracks for Mount Sharp as it packs up and rolls on toward its primary objective. Sidetracked by fascinating rocks and features to image and sample, Curiosity is gathering data that will help inform the science teams planning its successor for launch in 2012.

On the trail of Earth’s twin
Philip Corneille provides an update on Kepler’s results and while the telescope is itself unable to operate at present, exciting data are coupled with a review of the findings at Kepler 69 and the ‘blue’ giant discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The future of space flight: The case for Growth
In the first of an occasional series, Stephen Ashworth argues the case for a growth in our ambitions and in the type of development envisaged for future generations beyond the Earth.

REL gets boost for SABRE

World News Analysis – Franco-German conflict over Ariane 6

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Does the Emperor really have any clothes?

Satellite Digest – 488 June 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 June to 15 July 2013

Off the Shelf

Inbox – The pain of conversion – Of what use is the ISS?

Society News – The Arthurs – Remembering Andy Salmon – An Appeal from the North

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 08 - August 2013

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Keeping Track Down Under Part Two: Interplanetary Spacecraft
Philip Corneille completes his visit to Australia’s flagship tracking station with a description of the vital work it has done in supporting planetary exploration for more than 50 years.

SLS Progress Report No 2
Continuing our periodic series covering development of NASA’s Space Launch System, this month we look at the work underway at the Stennis Space Center, and note changes to what was formerly, and more famously, known as the Mississippi Test Facility. We also report on an important milestone in getting the SLS to the pad.

Spacefest V
Chris Starr reports from Spacefest V where astronauts and key players in national and international ventures rub shoulders and share thoughts, reflect on times past and ponder what lies ahead.

Coming of the Titans
Joel Powell continues his reflective examination of 1960s rocket programmes with a detailed look at the Titan ICBM, developed as a hedge against Atlas and matured into a reliable and steadfast launch vehicle for the US Air Force and NASA.

New life for vintage pads - 2
Gerard van de Haar completes his look at launch pads along the Cape Canaveral coastline that have changed roles in the past decades leaving some with a future and others shrouded in uncertainty.

Britain in Space – An arboreal survey – UK to measure gravity waves – Looking for excellence

World News Analysis – Reassembling asteroid – All-electric satellites – Green fuel – Clooney says ‘enough!’

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Moon or Mars? All to play for – Prudence questioned

Satellite Digest – 487 May 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 May to 15 June 2013

Society News – Extraterrestrial Liberty – Chinese/Soviet space Forum 2013 – The Philosophy of the Starship – The Northern Lights – An Appeal for Archive Material – Obituaries

Diary Notices


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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 07 - July 2013

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AMS-2: Rewriting Physics from the ISS
Philip Corneille looks at the background to what for many is one of the truly great experiments currently being conducted aboard the ISS – the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – and summarises the results so far.

Keep Track Down Under Part One: Origins
First of a two-part survey of the Deep Space Tracking Network and a visit made by Philip Corneille to the facilities at Tidbinbilla near Canberra.

New life for vintage pads - 1
Gerard van de Haar takes a look at some once familiar launch pads around Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and finds a few in a state of disrepair and several getting a new lease of life.

The Mighty Atlas Part Eleven: A very special day
Noted space historian Joel Powell concludes his look at the preparation and flight of MA-6, the Atlas that launched John Glenn into orbit on 20 February 1962.

The Virginia Air & Space Center
A walk around the exhibits at a museum merging the historic achievements of NASA’s Langley Research Center and the US Air Force’s Langley Air Base in Virginia.

UK Space Conference 2013
UK Space Agency Director Dr David Parker tells us why this event is a significant step forward for Britain in space.

Fred Clarke – Reflective Memories
A selection of tributes to Fred Clarke, younger brother to Arthur C Clarke, following his recent demise, with thoughts from those who knew him well.

Britain in Space – Tim Peake for 2015 ISS Expedition

World News Analysis – High Flight takes a Step Closer

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Conflict or Convergence?

Satellite Digest – 486 April 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 17 April to 15 May 2013

Inbox – What’s in a name? – Human space flight heresy? – Not enough muscle? – NASA’s aspirations

Society News – South West Group revisits ALSEP – Student Awards for IAC in Beijing – An Appeal

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 06 - June 2013

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Reflections on ‘The Sky at Night’
Arguably the world’s most famous space modeller and long-serving model-maker for films and television shows, Mat Irvine tells us what it was like working with Patrick Moore on the world’s longest running astronomy programme.

Skylab – NASA’S First Space Station
This month is the 40th anniversary of the most cost-effective space station ever launched. Using redundant Apollo hardware already built, it was America’s first manned orbital facility recovered from near disaster by its first visitors.

Science aboard Skylab
Skylab focused on Earth resources, solar physics and the investigation of materials in space – as well as studying the human reaction to long duration flights. How did it stack up against expectations?

A second Skylab
The attraction of launching a second Skylab played long and hard on managers at NASA, which considered several possible ways it could have contributed to the human space flight programme.

Lunar Transient Phenomena
A member of the Apollo science instruments team at NASA Headquarters, Donald A Beattie describes for Spaceflight how partial obscuration of surface features on the Moon got everyone excited back in the 1960s.

‘Peenemunders’ pass away
Space historian Frank H Winter reports on the recent demise of three great rocket pioneers who went to the United States to help put astronauts on the Moon.

Apprentice turned Master – 2
The Editor concludes a personal reflection on his conversations with Jesco von Puttkamer, who died on 27 December 2012.

A Conversation with Al Worden – 1
In the first of a two part feature, Chris Starr held an engaging and frank conversation with Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden during his recent visit to the UK.

Britain in Space – New European Satellite Navigation Competition – Every Child a Space Scientist

World News Analysis – Asteroid goal for first manned Orion flight

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – NASA to get flat budget – at most

Satellite Digest – 485 March 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 17 March to 16 April 2013

Inbox – Transient phenomena – Pushing the human boundaries – Staying longer; going farther

Society News – Teaching Old Spacecraft New Tricks – The Great Space Debate: Man versus Machines – ‘Man must Explore!’

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 05 - May 2013

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Inspiration Mars
Former trajectory analyst and flight design engineer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dennis Tito wants to send two people on a non-stop fly-by of Mars. Spaceflight conducts a critical analysis of the proposal and asks whether the proposed mission, as much about prestige as about the future of deep space exploration, is feasible.

Athena Rebirth?
Dwayne Day resurrects a forgotten rocket and investigates the fate of the Athena rocket, used for launching small to medium size payloads into space. Begun 20 years ago by Lockheed Martin to capture what was then perceived as a growing market for small, niche satellites the Athena rocket may yet be the answer for customers seeking low-cost flights.

Apprentice turned Master - 1
Spaceflight Editor David Baker reflects on the contributions of Jesco von Puttkamer who died recently and revisits a conversation dating back almost 40 years.

The Mighty Atlas Part 10: Variations on a theme
When Atlas was selected as the launch vehicle for Mercury orbital flights the big rocket required substantial modification and added safety features. Joel Powell takes up the story of the Mercury Atlas for John Glenn.

Air-launched lifter
Swiss Space Systems is proposing to develop a reusable lifting body for sending micro-satellites and small payloads into space.

Marshall takes up 3D printing
Pratt & Whitney is using 3D printing to fabricate components for J-2X testing.

Britain in Space – An independent UK launch vehicle? – Smartphone Apps and screams in space

World News Analysis – New partnership for European Mars mission

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – Cuts to subsidies

Satellite Digest – 484 February 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 February to 16 March 2013

Inbox – Transient phenomena – Science to spare? – Gateway stations

Off the Shelf

Society News – UKSEDS celebrate 25th Anniversary – World Space Week 2013 – NASA’s Lunar Roving Vehicle

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 04 - April 2013

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The Mighty Atlas Part 9: A bigger lift
We continue our in-depth story of the Atlas rocket with events surrounding the transition of the Centaur from a potentially flawed design to a successful space launcher as the upper stage finally delivers its promise.

Mars Special

Missions to Mars
The Editor recaps 17 years of Mars rovers and describes the progress made toward the outstanding and complex Curiosity rover that landed on the Red Planet in August 2012.

Curiosity at Mars
Ken Kremer presents a series of stunning mosaics using raw images from JPL and in collaboration with Marco Di Lorenzo producing panoramas that provide a remarkable view of the surface around the rover at Gale Crater.

Red Planet Rising
Dr Dwayne Day provides a glimpse into the possible future course of Mars Exploration and dips into the background of the next steps in the exploration of the Red Planet, political machinations notwithstanding!

Obituaries
It is with sadness that we reflect upon the lives of three men for whom the space programme was a lifelong contagion: D Brainerd Holmes, Jesco von Puttkamer and Reginald Turnill.

Britain in Space – Putting the brakes on space junk – UK in market grab – SSTL gets major contract

World News Analysis – NASA/ESA sea ice study refined – Antarctic sea ice increase

International News – Towed gliders to launch satellites

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – Decision time

Satellite Digest – 483 January 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 15 January to 14 February 2013

Society News – Tim Peake visits the BIS – The BIS at Astrofest – Sheila Kanani gives talk on planetary moons

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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 03 - March 2013

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Is there an Earth analogue?
Philip Corneille reviews the search for other worlds in space and asks if there is an Earth-like world out there amid the billions of planets likely to populate the stellar systems in our galaxy and in others beyond. He also looks at the quest for super-Earths and at the record for known planets to date.

Working with Sir Patrick Moore 1954-2012
At the invitation of Spaceflight, the world’s most famous living space artist, David Hardy, paints a picture for us of his work with the world’s most famous amateur astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore. Across what others would consider a lifetime, both men had an empathy that needed few words to create living visions of space as imagined for those who could only wonder at the heavens and at the vehicles that may one day take mankind to the stars.

The Once and Future Moon
Dwayne Day turns his analytical eye toward the upcoming generation of small lunar probes from both NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers programmes. Building on a series of manned and unmanned precursors, scientists have much to learn from a generation of equipment far more advanced and providing much more information than earlier probes were able to glean.

Britain in Space – New UK Interstellar Association leads the way

World News Analysis – NASA and ESA to fly astronauts to deep-space

International News – New firsts – Time capsule

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – NASA signs Bigelow for the ISS – Gloves on or off? – Kay Bailey-Hutchison retires

Satellite Digest – 482 December 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 15 December 2012 to 15 January 2013

Inbox – An unfair subsidy? – An inspiration for interstellar – Human flight in decline? – A young Yuri – New media

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Society News – BIS lectures on-line - BIS South West Group - New UK Space Agency CEO - Gerry Anderson obituary


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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 02 - February 2013

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Opening the final frontier
Stephen Ashworth opens our look at space tourism and commercial space opportunities for existing organizations, new-start companies and entrepreneurs with a preview of existing and emerging activities.

Dream Chaser
Gerard van de Haar and Rudolf van Beest take a look at the space-plane being developed by Sierra Nevada Corp from old NASA and Soviet designs the company hopes will return wings to the International Space Station.

Flying the Lynx
Following his report on what it’s like to fly aboard a ballistic suborbital space-plane, Nick Spall talks to XCOR CEO Andrew Nelson about the company’s plans to get the Lynx up and running.

Astrometry in orbit: Gaia
Philip Corneille tells the story of the Gaia telescope, a major European project for astrometry, the precise measurement of stars, and provides a review of precursor missions that make Gaia possible.

Patrick Moore – an obituary
Spaceflight Editor David Baker observes the life of Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer and mapmaker and remarks on his contributions to the NASA Apollo Moon programme and the value of, so-called, ‘amateur astronomy’.

Asteroid miners hunt for platinum...
In a somewhat cynical observation on lavish claims for mining valuable minerals in the asteroid belt, Tim Worstall reflects on the hype and finds it lacking in common sense and a basic understanding of macro-economics.

Britain in Space – £1.2 billion to invest in lucrative ESA projects

World News Analysis – Musk aims for Mars: eventually – Laying the ‘Golden Spike’

International News – Orion advancing toward 2014 liftoff

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – Obama’s Christmas present to NASA

Satellite Digest – 481 November 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 16 November to 14 December 2012

Off the Shelf - The Red Rocket’s Glare - Into the Cosmos - A little gift with a big symbolism - A4/V2 Rocket DVD-R; Operation Backfire The V-2 Rocket; V-2 Rocket White Sands/Post-War

Society News – MoU with UKSEDS – BIS History Committee


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Spaceflight Vol 55 No 01 - January 2013 - (Download only - Out of Print)

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Smaller is better
Joel Powell takes a look at a growing family of small experiment containers for flight aboard human space vehicles, including the ISS, and at a range of small satellites that could be just the thing to fly low-cost experiments.

Apollo 17
In what many regard as one of the finest missions of lunar exploration in the history of
the Apollo programme, Apollo 17 brought back to Earth a rich harvest of geological treasures. On the 40th anniversary of that flight we reflect upon the returns from Apollo.

Sampling the Moon
Philip Corneille reviews the history of lunar sample collecting and describes how they were used by scientists around the world, reflecting on the fate of the Russian samples too.

Spacefest 2012
Ken MacTaggart reports on a gathering of Apollo Moon explorers in the US and Rick Mulheirn brings news of a memorable visit by Apollo 16’s Charlie Duke to Pontefract, Yorks.

Apollo 11: Eyewitness to History
David Chudwin was a 19-year old sophomore when he got the chance of a lifetime to report on the flight of Apollo 11 from the Kennedy Space Center and shares that experience through 43 years of hindsight.

The dawn of Planetary Science
The Editor reflects on the first successful interplanetary mission, the flight of NASA’s Mariner 2 spacecraft that passed Venus on 14 December and changed our view of that world forever.

Space Generation Congress
As a member of the delegation, Ryan Laird reports from the Space Generation Congress in Naples during late September, replete with space specialists from around the world.

Britain in Space – UK space industry given funding boost – RapidEye ground segment upgrades – Bids in now please, for Mars!

World News Analysis – iGeolise win national competition

International News – An Ill Wind for Enterprise

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – A change at the top – NASA gets rolling - Bolden makes waves

Satellite Digest – 480 October 2012

ISS Operations Summary – 16 October to 15 November 2012

Off the Shelf – The Universe Collection – Lichtmond 2: Universe of Light – Observing the solar system – the Story of Astronomy – IMAX films at the Science Museum and a COMPETITION!

Society News – the President’s Annual Report - the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2012 – A little fundraiser

Diary Notices


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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.

COMPETITION!
Win a deluxe box set of Universe worth £99

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.

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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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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 04 - April 2012 - (Download only - Out of Print)

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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

Letters


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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 02 - February 2012

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SPECIAL FEATURE!

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 01 - January 2012

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16 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.

20 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.

22 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.

28 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.

31 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

4-5 Britain in Space – UK heads for Mars – Westminster goes weightless – political disinterest in government

6-7 World News Analysis – rhetoric in EEU but no money – persistent risk for ISS – fuel dump versus big lift – seeking consensus on space

8-9 International News – Jury out on Mars 500 – Boeing on fast track to ISS – Orion to fly sooner – life on Europa?

9 In brief – news shorts from around the world

10-11 International News – On the move – Vega on track – WGS ready for launch – Shuttle engines for SLS

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

12 Satellite Digest – 468 October 2011

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

25 ISS Operations Summary – 17 October to 11 November 2011

32 Book Reviews

35 Letters

36-39 Society News


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Spaceflight 2011

Spaceflight Vol 53 No 12 - December 2011

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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 11 - November 2011

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International Space News
US forges ahead with new super rocket, Six million mile view from Jupiter-bound Juno, Critical year ahead for ESA and EU space affairs , First space bound Orion crew cabin, Microgravity research debated by UK MPs, Gagarin show in Scotland, Peek inside Apollo 10 command module, Dutch astronaut to embark on ISS mission, Secret programmes declassified, Starchaser sets test launch date

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Journey to the centre of the Moon
Ken Kremer

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Brave new future worlds
Kelvin Long, Pat Galea and Adrian Mann

First craft orbits Mars
Philip Corneille

Russia weighs lunar options
Dwayne Day

Book reviews

Letters and emails
Eye-witness to Shuttle history, Monitoring the Northwest Passage, Contacting Prospero, BIS lectures on YouTube, Playalinda beach view, Astronaut’s best wishes, Life of Apollo mission controller, BIS facade sponsorship

Heavy lift is part of balanced system
Mike Armitage

Society news
Vision of new BIS Council member, Society’s Annual General meeting, Oral history of science, Volunteers needed, New BIS members


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 10 - October 2011

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International Space News
Dragon gets go ahead for Space Station berthing, Military spaceplanes under test, SSTL commissions Nigerian satellites, GRAIL duo all set for lunar gravity expedition, China ready to start space station, Briton to become Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut, New head attempts to re-shape Roscosmos organisation, Solar shift could bring more storms, Launch preps for third ATV, Progress loss impacts ISS operations

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Five year trek to giant planet
Ken Kremer

Observatory’s rocky road
Philip Corneille

NASA flies Shuttle for the final time
Clive Simpson, Ken Kremer and Gerard van de Haar

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Radio hams tune in to space airwaves
John Heath

Silenced thunder
Dwayne Day

Letters and emails
World’s first rocket patch, Half-hearted compromise, Embracing science fiction, Proud of our endeavours, Film poster

Dream makers of the future
Kelvin Long

Society news
Patrick’s picnic proves big success, Prize for survey views, Spaceflight’s new golden age, New BIS members


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 09 - September 2011

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International Space News
Space Shuttle slips into history, Europe’s space plans could end key ESA principle, Countries refine space spending, New approach for 2011 UK Space Conference, BIS promotes space roadmap, Virgin Galactic faces technical challenges, Gagarin statue unveiled in London, Vesta vistas exceed expectations, Shuttle’s final hypersonic test data

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Detecting exo-Earths
Philip Corneille

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Chinese space film drama
Xu Weilong

Movie shot at Star City and Baikonur
Tony Quine

Water in the Moon
Geoffrey Bowman

Falling to Earth with Al Worden
Neil Da Costa and Ken MacTaggart

Close encounters with our Sun
Stuart Eves

Letters and emails
Battle to witness Shuttle finale, Clarke book, Volunteers bring about change, Sustainable spaceflight, Shirley Jones, Celebrations in Star City for Gagarin

Society news
BIS convention with science fiction slant, Astronaut lecture, Shirley Jones - obituary, New BIS members, Competition winners


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 08 - August 2011

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International Space News
Plan to gather asteroid dust, Soyuz at French Guiana, Suborbital spaceflight - private human access, America needs strategy for space settlement, Space stations on the Isle of Man, Chinese whispers at Paris Air Show, Ceremony recreates first US flight, Iranian booster launches second satellite, SpaceX wins Thaicom 6

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Danger from solar storms
David Todd

Heavenly bodies - Pt 2
Kira Bacal and Kieran Smart

Endeavour’s perfect finale
Ken Kremer and Clive Simpson

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Letters and emails
Music of the spheres, Justifying the cost, Turning back the clock, Apostles of Apollo, Gifts for Gagarin, Piecemeal progress

Cosmonaut's reflection
Dorin Prunariu

Book reviews

Society news
A brighter future for the BIS, Cultural impact, BIS Chines/Soviet forum, Icarus appeal, New BIS members


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 07 - July 2011

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International Space News
Endeavour launch, Atlantis photo-call, NASA’s next Discovery class mission, ‘Black box’ recorder survives Kounotori reentry, NASA celebrates with new space stamps, Space in the shadow of the Rockies, Skylon spaceplane passes technical review, Atlas launches new missile warning surveillance satellite

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Heavenly bodies
Kira Bacal and Kieran Smart

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Lockheed pursues Orion potential
Ken Kremer

Chelomey and Korolev – cooperation and competition
Vladimir Polyachenko

Book reviews

Letters and emails
Finding way out of financial crisis, Human visit to Halley’s Comet, Selection of Yuri Gagarin, Access to BIS meetings, Apollo 12 commander, Space Shuttle retirement

Viewpoint
Mark Stewart

Society news
Discussion of future of BIS, Play celebrates ‘Chief Designer’, New BIS members, New BIS Fellows, Competition Winners


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 06 - June 2011

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International Space News
SpaceX ambitions for new Falcon Heavy rocket, MESSENGER begins year of Mercury observations, GOCE gravity map, NASA selects Shuttle museums, UK and India collaborate, Meteosat-6 sent to graveyard orbit, Nuclear needed to visit Mars, Sounding rocket experiments, NASA awards commercial crew contracts

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Stardust-NExT comet legacy
Ken Kremer

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Booster retrieval
Ken Kremer

Chinese flights marked with stamps
Jeff Dugdale

Soviet space sleuths
Dominic Phelan

Book reviews

Letters and emails
TIROS-1 – a case of mistaken identity, Gagarin and Tereshkova, Sänger-Bredt anniversary, Accepted form of spelling, BIS rules and fund-raising, A leap in the wrong direction, BIS could foster links in Holland, Grades of membership, Return to Earth and acute prostatitis, Russian ‘first’

Society news
No ordinary Gagarin event!, Westcott celebration, Long service presentation, New BIS members, Classified ads


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 05 - May 2011

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International Space News
More secret X-37B missions planned, Shuttle veteran, Enhanced Meteosats, Broadband satellite goes operational, TOPCAT targets plasmasphere, Endeavour readied for last mission, Astronaut reflects on NASA sacking, Students create designs of future, Russian Mars rover, IAF celebrates 60th anniversary

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Discovery’s final voyage into orbit
Ken Kremer and Gerard van de Haar

The man who changed history
Nick Spall

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Earth photos from on high
Michael Trudeau

Educational ballooning
Joel Powell

Postcards from Mars
Ken Kremer

Book reviews

Letters and emails
Apollo 1 connector, Star-studded occasion, TV series from 1950s, Meteorite close-up, Magnificent Discovery, Where is everyone?, BIS should use media, Member solution, Members want stronger voice

Society news
Your Society needs you!, Bridging the gap between imagination and reality, Project Icarus - a future starship, Student paper competition 2011, New BIS members


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 04 - April 2011

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International Space News
US and European firms propose crew launcher, Burnt Dragon on display, Unexpected revival of Nanosail-D2, ESA aiming for Moon before Mars, IAF celebrates 60 years, August date for Guiana Soyuz launch, UK Space Conference, Robotic lunar adventure, Rookie Italian to fly in 2013

Solar watch
Stuart Eves

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Romancing the stone
Dwayne Day

Homing in on asteroids
Ken Kremer

Strategic role of asteroid mining
Stephen Ashworth

Starships of the future
Kelvin Long and Richard Obousy

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

First cometary close encounter
Philip Corneille

Letters and emails
BIS space ‘hardware’, Imagination versus reality, Debate on space humanisation, BIS on YouTube, BIS on Facebook, Agreement on grade, Cyrillic translation

Book reviews

Society news
A statement from the BIS on membership grades, The future of the BIS, New members, Membership discount incentive scheme, BIS medals, Recruitment campaign


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 03 - March 2011

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International Space News
Romantic date with Comet Tempel 1 for Stardust NExT, Chinese space drama mixes fact and fiction, MESSENGER prepares to orbit Mercury, New Leicester research facility, Landing by laser light (and Air-Crane), Last minute crew changes, Environmental monitoring payload, Second flight for ESA cargo craft, Modules arrive in Isle of Man, Space Station to get more tourists, Navigation system needs more euros

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Record-breaking Martian Odyssey
Ken Kremer

Setting sail to the stars
Philip Corneille

Illness in orbit
Bark Hendrickx

Letters and emails
ESA Mars lander lacks science, Spaceplane a perfect Shuttle replacement, AFBIS grade, Contrasting worldview, BIS Associate Fellow grade, One-sided discussion, BIS works on new future, Equal voting rights for all, Future shape and organisation of BIS, Towards a more friendly Society, Necessity for change of heart, A day to remember

Training as Soyuz backup cosmonaut
Neil Da Costa

Book reviews

Society news
Astronomer Royal gives talk at the BIS, Spaceguard Centre, BIS Library, New members


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 02 - February 2011

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International Space News
SpaceX moves step closer to crewed missions, Air Force mini-shuttle’s record-breaking flight, UK space conference, Venus probe fails to achieve orbit, Explore the Sun from your desktop, Roscosmos link with NASA, The Moon - an important place in human affairs, Orion abort rocket on display, Virgin targets orbital market, Busy time for new ISS crew

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

Robonaut to join Space Station crew
Ken Kremer

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Seven years of MER operations on Mars
Philip Corneille and Ken Kremer

Training ESA’s new space cadets
Nick Spall

Telescope fulfills decades of dreams
Philip Corneille

Letters and emails
Origins of life, Use ISS for celebration, Accelerated aging in orbit, Cosmonauts commemorated, Humanism a threat to science, Tour of EAC facilities, Society empowerment, Fully interactive website needed, Elegant solutions, Campaign to energise BIS, All members should have say, Ongoing discussion, Sellers gives London lecture

Book reviews

Society news
BIS awards latest British astronaut pin, Festive gathering, Competition winners, New members


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Spaceflight Vol 53 No 01 - January 2011 - (Download only - Out of Print)

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International Space News
Identity of female taikonaut confirmed, JAXA names next HTV, UK space shows healthy growth, Work begins on Russian base, UKSA starts CubeSat pilot, Asteroid particles, New generation of European Meteosats, Eutelsat abandons new spacecraft, SSTL satellite repositioned to minimise debris threat, Leak impacts Space Shuttle schedule

Satellite Digest
Geoff Richards

International Space Station Chronology
George Spiteri

Five year focus on planets and moons
Robert April

Comet-chaser’s latest rendezvous
Philip Corneille

Spacecraft’s moment of ‘pure’ exploration
Ken Kremer

Splish, splash, roar!
Dwayne Day

The enigmatic Mace hardsite
Joel Powell

Letters and emails
UK needs space passion, Improbability of life, Dear Arthur..., Brunel of Space Age, Makeover not ‘rocket science’, Rights of BIS members, Membership ‘apartheid’, Fully reusable spacecraft

From test pilot to first lunar geologist
Shane Hannon

Book reviews

Society news
Project Icarus – latest team news, The Planets – An HD Odyssey, BIS works on a new future, New members


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