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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