Spaceflight Vol 57 No 09 – September 2015

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Delivery dilemmas
The International Space Station awaits its next major cargo delivery as both commercial suppliers make changes to their launcher programmes. Just what are the stakes here? Who pays the cost and how much is the taxpayer involved?

Europa Mission Launched
In the first of a two-part analysis of plans to launch a spacecraft to Jupiter’s moon Europa, Spaceflight looks at the scientific reasons for sending a probe to one of the solar system’s most enigmatic bodies and how the mission might evolve.

NASA astronaut assignments
Commercial contenders for sending astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil are getting ready to fly, so NASA has assigned four crewmembers to help pilot these new capsules into space. But when will these flights begin?

Treasures in the Closet
Dwayne Day goes behind the scenes at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC, to see the breadth of artifacts on display or in restoration that may one day sit front-stage for public view.

Fall of a Titan
Space historian and renowned author Joel Powell tells the picture-story of a Tian I which failed shortly after launch on a test flight in 1960.

Qualified success for LDSD
NASA is trying to find a way to get big spacecraft down to the surface of Mars. Joel Powell reports on one test which proves success is hard to come by!

Regular Features

Britain in Space – ECSAT hailed a triumph by ESA

News Analysis – Pluto Revealed!

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 512 June 2015

ISS Operations Summary – 16 June to 15 July 2015

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

Society News –Soviet-Chinese Forum – UK Space Conference 2015 – 2015 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

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