Spaceflight Vol 54 No 04 – April 2012

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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

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