Spaceflight Vol 55 No 10 – October 2013

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The BIS at 80
BIS President Alistair Scott reviews the state of the Society in this, its 80th year and looks to the wide range of activities in which it is now engaged, projecting ahead and giving his appraisal of challenges as it looks to the future.

A Prehistory of Outer Space
Dr Bob Parkinson looks back over the last eight decades to give an overview of contributions made by the Society to domestic and international ventures, at home and abroad, explaining how the BIS influenced decisions over the type of rocket needed to launch the first satellites into space.

A new alliance - a new start
Scott Hatton, chair of the IAF Space Society Committee reflects on the importance of the International Astronautical Federation, to the role played by the BIS from its outset, and to the new IAF Alliance.

Paths to the future
Richard Osborne, chair of the BIS Technical Committee reviews the many separate technical and study activities underway to provide the Society with its first hands-on development of payloads designed for space flight, to study the requirements of future space programmes and propose exciting new missions to the Moon.

Meet the team!
Spaceflight pulls aside the curtain at BIS headquarters in London and takes readers behind the scenes to see who really does the work to keep the Society alive and well on a daily basis. We look at staff and volunteers, remembering that this is a combined team effort delivering lectures, meetings and four publications.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Alphasat hailed as a great success – Fertile ground? – Letter from the Editor

World News Analysis – X-37B heading for KSC?

In brief – news shorts from around the world

US Space Politics – Noose tightens on Orion – Lori Garver to leave NASA

Satellite Digest – 489 July 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 16 July to 15 August 2013

Inbox – A drawn SABRE; Skylon’s time has come – Mighty Titans and rocket boys

Society News – Liverpool birthday celebration

Diary Notices

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