Next in Spaceflight

Spaceflight-Post-Cover-2016-09Moonwalkers have a higher health risk than other astronauts. This is the message from pioneering work carried out by US physician Dr William Rowe. Spaceflight has already published two papers from Bill showing medical results that indicate several astronauts came close to cardiac failure and that heart disease is unusually high in those astronauts. It must be getting somebody’s attention because it is in The Times newspaper today.

This month I am delighted that the debate has been joined by Dr John Cain, who identifies serious risk to astronauts from chemical cocktails. Are we as enthusiasts in danger of becoming flag-waving boys and girls on the ra-ra stage for acceleration of plans for Mars exploration when in reality we are nowhere near understanding the real challenges? Read this and reach a judgement – then have your say in our correspondence columns.

Elsewhere, John Boyes tells us about Thor satellites in Britain during the 1960s and David Todd asks ESA’s Director-General about his aspirations for the future. With Tim Peake back on Earth, what are his thoughts and feelings about that six month stay in space – Jacques van Oene tells us. And, apart from NASA, ESA and Roscosmos, what about the “other” space-faring nations that we hear so little about – Gurbir Singh opens a window on that raft of opportunities for cooperation.



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

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

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

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

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

Regular Features

News Analysis – JUNO at Jupiter

A Letter from the Editor

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

ISS Report – 15 June-16 July 2016

Satellite Digest – 524 June 2016

Obituaries – Hartmut Sänger – Harry Oskar Ruppe – Hervé Moulin

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

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

Society News – With gratitude

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