Spaceflight Vol 57 No 05 – May 2015

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Jupiter for CRS and Mars
With an ever pressing need for supplying the International Space Station with independently developed non-NASA logistics vehicles, the race is on for contracts from the space agency to send cargo to the ISS with the new round of bids. Lockheed Martin has put together an international team for this and much, much more.

Riding the Farnborough centrifuge
Spaceflight’s Nick Spall took the opportunity to visit the QinetiQ centrifuge at Farnborough, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in a facility used to train fighter pilots and high-speed test pilots. It is also the kind of familiarization future space-riders will need to fly aboard the SpaceShip2, Lynx and possibly other spaceplanes.

Sex and health in space
With ambitious proposals for one-way trips to Mars, settlement colonies funded by TV shows and confident expectations among the general public about heading for the Red Planet, the Editor takes a clinical view and looks at the serious medical obstacles standing in the way of humans going on very long journeys beyond Earth.

New Horizons for Pluto
Spaceflight’s resident astronomer Philip Corneille provides a preview of the imminent encounter with Pluto as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft homes in on one of the solar system’s most enigmatic bodies, providing a recap on how it has haunted astronomers for decades.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Heading for the Sun

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

World News Analysis – InSight’s landing site?

Satellite Digest – 508 February 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 February to 15 March 2015

Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month

Off the Shelf – The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth – Exploration and Engineering

Inbox – Lunar Mining – Power for Hubble

Society News – Mary Todd: a Quarter Century at the BIS! – Andrew Vaudin: A Worthy Patrick Moore Medal Winner – First Fred, now Eileen – Geocaching at BIS Headquarters

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