Spaceflight Vol 58 No 01 – January 2016

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Peake on countdown – to the ISS and beyond
As British astronaut Tim Peake gets ready for his ride into space, Spaceflight reviews the build-up to this mission and examines the possibilities that may unfold as a result of European contributions to NASA’s Orion programme.

Ready to go!
What happens when Tim Peake arrives at the International Space Station, where can I watch it, listen to it, follow it, and what are the broadcasters doing about special programming? We provide the directory to a media frenzy!

BIS Technical Projects
Robin Brand has been busy gathering the latest information about studies, research projects and practical experiments now underway at the BIS, the first in a periodic series of roundups.

Icarus Progress Report
First came Daedalus, now Icarus and Spaceflight catches up with progress in the last two years on concepts for a starship, one of the most exciting possibilities facing mankind.

Unseen challenges in a Mars colony
Konrad Szocik examines the psychological and social challenges facing humans in a Mars colony and looks at the kind of society that could develop in an autonomous settlement separated from Earth.

IAC 2015 at the Holy City
David Todd reports from Jerusalem on the atmosphere at the 66th International Astronautical Congress and reviews projects, programmes and future projects discussed.

Birthplace of the V-2
Alan Marlow and BIS members were with a tour group visiting several places where German rocketry began and matured in the 1930s, taking in the remains of production facilities in the Harz Mountains.

Regular Features

Letter from the Editor

ISS Operations Summary – 1 to 31 October 2015

Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world

Satellite Digest – 516 October 2015

Obituary – George E Mueller (1918-2015)

Off the Shelf – Sacramento’s Moon Rockets – Breaking the Chains of Gravity

Correspondence – Setting the record straight – Life Force – A promise for the future?

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

Society News – The BIS at Autographica – Jim Lovell at Space Lectures – The Martian – A visit from NASA

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