Spaceflight Vol 54 No 05 – May 2012

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Roadmaps to the Future: Moon-Next
Third in our series looking at future options presented by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group with this month a route to Mars via the Moon.

Writing About the Right Stuff
Colin Burgess tells Spaceflight what motivated him to write his book about those astronaut candidates that never made it to the launch pad.

The Mighty Atlas Part 3 From ICBM to Launch Vehicle
Transformation of the Atlas ICBM to a satellite launcher began long before its first successful flight and began with a stage called Agena.

The Global Comsat – Part 2 Intelsat IV
Dwayne A Day continues his look at the development of international telecommunications with the Intelsat IV series satellites.

Teens Launch Lego Man
Ken Kremer tells an inspiring story about two teenagers who decided to send a Lego Man to the edge of space – and return with pictures to prove it!

Preparing for Space
Nick Spall interviews UK astronaut Tim Peake as he treads the long, arduous and sometimes lonely road to a place in space.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Baroness Wilcox visits SSTL – Monospheric Sprites and Elves – UK space on the up – Dr Unwin gets justified award

World News Analysis – Record lift but a work in progress – Cuts to Canada’s space budget – Satellite industry to grow – Europe steams ahead

International News – Shuttle facility gets CST-100

In brief – news shorts from around the world

A View from the Hill – political space news hot from Washington DC

Satellite Digest – 472 February 2011

ISS Operations Summary – 15 February to 15 March 2012

Letters

Society News – A Life Honoured; Dr Leslie R Shepherd obituary and reflections – Retro Rockets; Back to the Future – BIS gets new camera

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