Spaceflight Vol 54 No 01 – January 2012

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

In brief – news shorts from around the world

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

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

ISS Operations Summary – 17 October to 11 November 2011

Book Reviews

Letters

Society News

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