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Spaceflight-Post-Cover-2016-08Tim Peake is now back on Earth after a six-month stint and Spaceflight celebrates completion of a truly historic mission with features on the flight, the man and the medical science on Principia. We have committed eight pages to acknowledging this event and a further two pages to the 25th anniversary of Helen Sharman’s flight – the first by a British astronaut.

Looking back, Dave Shayler and the BIS put together a massively impressive gathering for the 36th Soviet/Chinese Technical Forum and we reflect on its success and on the contribution these sessions make to the overall respect which is afforded the BIS.

Projecting ahead to the future of human exploration in space, Gerard van de Haar and L. van Den Abeelen have been to see the Bigelow ambition and describe how this billionaire entrepreneur has shaken the foundations of assumption about how long duration flights with people can be supported by expandable modules.

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Contents

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regular Features

284-286 News Analysis – Broken ARM

286 A Letter from the Editor

287 Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

288-290 ISS Report – 16 May-15 June 2016

310-311 Satellite Digest – 523 May 2016

312-313 Correspondence – Astronauts on Trees – A place to stay – A perfect pitch – Gender bender – Mixed emotions

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

315 Obituaries – Hartmut Sänger – Harry Oskar Ruppe – Hervé Moulin

316-317 Society News – For outstanding contributions – Rocketplanes galore – IAF Congress student competition – We need your help!

318 What’s On

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