Spaceflight Vol 57 No 07 – July 2015

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Schedule Reshuffle
The failure of the Progress M-27M to successfully deliver supplies and logistics to the International Space Station has thrown the ISS schedule into the air with several options still on the table. We assess the consequences and catch up on changes to the flight manifest.

Preventing an EVA Fatality
Safety in space has always focused on the hardware and, since the 1970s, on the software written to control discrete spacecraft systems. Now, with much more known about the effects on the human body, space flight itself has intrinsic risks, as explained by Dr Bill Rowe.

ARM gets ready
With little prospect of an early use of the massive Space Launch System for dramatic steps on the road to Mars, NASA has chosen a preferred option for accessing a rock from an asteroid. But there is more to it than that and the mission may flight-prove innovative technologies essential for reaching the Red Planet.

Visions of Space – Art and the Cosmos
Chris Starr presents a colourful mix of international space artists from our own David Hardy to retired US astronauts and provides an insightful and appreciative examination of outstanding contributions to what for many is an inspiration and a goal.

Gardens of Steel
Dwayne Day took time out to visit a less frequented part of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and found rusting hulks, while in Canada a unique survivor from the early days of Atlas rocket development has already succumbed to age and neglect.

Retro – Go!
Nick Howes continues his fireside chat column and reports a conversation with Charles Deiterich, one of NASA’s elite group of flight controllers during high summer for some of NASA’s greatest achievements.

Regular Features

Britain in Space – Inmarsat hit by Proton delays

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

World News Analysis – New Shepard flies – Settlement in law

Satellite Digest – 510 April 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 April to 15 May 2015

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

Off the Shelf – Physics from the Edge

Obituary – Oscar Carl Holderer (1919-2015)

Inbox – Radiation barriers – A stellar performance

Society News – 65th Anniversary of Eagle – Monica Grady on Rosetta – The Sleeping Beauty – IAF Award for BIS VP

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