Spaceflight Vol 56 No 03 – March 2014

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Clipper or Shuttle?
Keith T Wilson takes a close look at the tussle for providing a nationally approved name for NASA’s Space Transportation System, which by a narrow margin may have been something entirely different.

The last Shuttle
The last Space Shuttle built, Endeavour is in a temporary enclosure in Los Angeles prior to the construction of a permanent display, so the Editor thought it was time to reflect on a great spaceship.

Meeting Endeavour
Fabrizio Bernardini looked in on the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center to check out Endeavour and find out what else is on show and how the principal exhibit will eventually be displayed.

Commercial paths to an asteroid
Chris Starr looks at a very different way of supporting asteroid research through commercial activities supporting space science using vehicles developed for space tourism.

A Stacksat story?
Dwayne Day reflects on the story of Stacksat, a group of three satellites launched on a redundant Atlas-Altair in 1990 and ponders over whether the urge to launch very small satellites will really take hold.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Education at top of BIS Agenda – Setting the pace

World News Analysis – Decision time – Chang’e 3

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

From the Editor

Satellite Digest – 494 December 2013

ISS Operations Summary – 12 December 2013 to 15 January 2014

Society News – West Midlands Space Day – Space Oddity – New BIS Member Survey – Branch for Belgians proposed – BIS launch near sell-out

Diary Notices

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