Spaceflight vol 58 No 11 – November 2016
Give me SPACE!
Gerard van de Haar reviews the candidate concepts for NASA’s NextStep-2 technology competition em-bracing potential habitation modules for supporting deep-space exploration. He also explains how NASA is already conducting tests with simulated isolation experiments using volunteers.
Skylark at Heritage Museum
Robin Brand describes a visit to the new museum heralding the aerospace achievements of Bristol’s associated industry and explains how the Skylark rocket will be a prominent feature of the displays.
Britain’s Space Shuttle
Dan Sharp previews publication of his book on British attempts to build a reusable shuttlecraft with an over-view of an impressive and little-known project which failed on the altar of political indecision and vacilla-tion, leaving the Americans, impressed with the British work, to pick up the challenge.
Science by spaceplane
Vladmir Pletser of the Suborbital Research Association is pushing hard to get space tourism married to real scientific research and to guide the use of suborbital flying machines into the hands of investigators and ex-perimenters seeking a middle road between sounding rockets and satellites.
News Analysis – Failure or flaw? – New Glenn from Blue Origin
Briefing notes – news shorts from around the world
ISS Report – 16 August-15 September 2016
Satellite Digest – 526 August 2016
Flashback – A regular feature looking back 50 years ago this month
Society News – BIS-Italia at star party