Spaceflight Vol 55 No 08 – August 2013

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Keeping Track Down Under Part Two: Interplanetary Spacecraft
Philip Corneille completes his visit to Australia’s flagship tracking station with a description of the vital work it has done in supporting planetary exploration for more than 50 years.

SLS Progress Report No 2
Continuing our periodic series covering development of NASA’s Space Launch System, this month we look at the work underway at the Stennis Space Center, and note changes to what was formerly, and more famously, known as the Mississippi Test Facility. We also report on an important milestone in getting the SLS to the pad.

Spacefest V
Chris Starr reports from Spacefest V where astronauts and key players in national and international ventures rub shoulders and share thoughts, reflect on times past and ponder what lies ahead.

Coming of the Titans
Joel Powell continues his reflective examination of 1960s rocket programmes with a detailed look at the Titan ICBM, developed as a hedge against Atlas and matured into a reliable and steadfast launch vehicle for the US Air Force and NASA.

New life for vintage pads - 2
Gerard van de Haar completes his look at launch pads along the Cape Canaveral coastline that have changed roles in the past decades leaving some with a future and others shrouded in uncertainty.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – An arboreal survey – UK to measure gravity waves – Looking for excellence

World News Analysis – Reassembling asteroid – All-electric satellites – Green fuel – Clooney says ‘enough!’

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Moon or Mars? All to play for – Prudence questioned

Satellite Digest – 487 May 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 May to 15 June 2013

Society News – Extraterrestrial Liberty – Chinese/Soviet space Forum 2013 – The Philosophy of the Starship – The Northern Lights – An Appeal for Archive Material – Obituaries

Diary Notices

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