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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 01 – January 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 01 – January 2018

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Science for a Safer World
Chris Starr assesses the role of the Sentinel-2B satellite, part of the Copernicus programme, in helping to monitor the planet.

MOORE to Remember
Stuart Eves imagines M.O.O.R.E., a “virtual museum” where microsatellites provide “flythrough” visual scans of historic satellites.

Starship Troupers
Patrick Mahon reports on the grand opening of i4is – Initiative for Interstellar Studies.

The launch of Apollo 5
The Editor remembers the first flight of the Lunar Module in January 1968 and recalls what it was like behind the scenes during this often-overlooked milestone on the race to the Moon.

Monument to a Space Pioneer
Alan Marlow visits a museum in Bavaria dedicated to pioneering rocketeer Hermann Oberth.

1917-2017 A Space Odyssey
As part of our centenary series commemorating the life of Arthur C. Clarke, Nick Spall reflects on mysteries real and imagined.

Regular Features

Behind the news
Orion crewed flights delayed • Enceladus: Saturn’s heat pump

Opinion

ISS Report
9 October – 8 November 2017

Obituary
Richard Francis Gordon (1929-2017)

Satellite Digest
540 – October 2017

Society news / Diary
What’s happened • What’s coming up

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 02 – February 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 02 – February 2018

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Suits you sir!
Phillip Corneille looks at the Russian Orlan EVA suit and tracks the evolution of an innovative design that has changed little in concept but greatly in capability.

Remembering Arthur C Clarke
SpaceFlight asked BIS President Mark Hempsell, Alan Bond and Mat Irvine to reflect on the life of this great futurist, science fiction writer and polymath on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

MOL – the untold story
Dr John Charles visited the USAF Art Collection at the Pentagon and came away with an incisive view of how the Air Force saw potential applications for its military space stations.

Pluto – It’s complicated!
Regular contributor to SpaceFlight, Gerard van de Haar, summarises the outstanding results from the New Horizons mission to the most distant body in the solar system visited to date.

Lark ascending
Robin Brand, author of the most comprehensive history of the first British rocket to reach space, reports on the opening of an exhibition at the Science Museum in London dedicated to Skylark.

 

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Behind the news
Mars 2020 – just one half of a mission?

Opinion

ISS Report
9 November – 8 December 2017

Obituary
Paul Joseph Weitz (1932-2017)

Satellite Digest
541 – November 2017

Society news / Diary
What’s happened • What’s coming up

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 03 – March 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 03 – March 2018

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Supernatural science
A new capability is coming to the International Space Station, courtesy of a cooperative endeavour between the partners to supplement existing research capabilities.

Read all about it!
DrJens Heide describes for us the dif culties encountered by German space enthusiasts as they struggled to get information about the space programme from behind the Iron Curtain.

Ariane 6 – bigger, better, cheaper
The European Space Agency is counting down to retiring the Ariane V heavy launcher in ve years and introducing its successor. SpaceFlight takes a long view and looks at far reaching decisions.

Into the blue
New launch vehicles are emerging from billionaire investors and now Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest entrepreneur is accelerating development of a launcher to challenge Ariane 6.

Hiding in plain sight
Alistair Scott decided that a talk on planetary science in distant star systems was so exciting it needed a fuller and more complete description than that covered in the initial report. We agreed.

 

Regular Features

Behind the news
Trump ditches racetrack approach to Mars.

Opinion

ISS Report
9 December 2017 – 8 January 2018

Flashback
March 1968

Obituary
Bruce McCandless II (1937-2017)

Satellite Digest
542 – December 2017

Society news / Diary
What’s happened • What’s coming up

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 04 – April 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 04 – April 2018

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It flies. But where to?
Falcon Heavy opens a new chapter in the evolution of big rockets but where does it sit within the existing inventory of heavy-lifters? And where is its ultimate market potential?

The trouble with Apollo 6
Launched 50 years ago on the second Saturn V, Apollo 6 came close to complete disaster yet emerged unscathed in its qualification for human space flight to deep-space destinations.

Time to fly
Contributor Philip Corneille winds back the clock to the dawn of the space age and describes the Bulova watches approved for space flight and selected for X-15 pilots and Mercury astronauts.

Heavy metal Psyche
A report on NASA’s fast-tracked mission to a metallic asteroid that may shed further light on the formation of the solar system.

Arthur. A very personal memoir
BIS President-elect Gerry Webb winds up SpaceFlight’s series of personal reflections on the life and impact of Arthur C Clarke with an evocation of his early connections with this legendary futurist.

Regular Features

Behind the news
NASA plans its next space station.

Opinion

ISS Report
9 January – 8 February 2018

Obituary
John W. Young (1937-2017)

Reflections
The Editor’s personal memories of John Young

Satellite Digest
543 – January 2018

Society news / Diary
What’s happened • What’s coming up

 

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 05 – May 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 05 – May 2018

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Ways to go
Stephen Ashworth reports on a major seminar held by the British Interplanetary Society into issues regarding expeditions to Mars and the challenges likely to be faced by early settlers.

Hidden on the far side
Keith Wilson describes the impending launch of China’s latest robotic Moon mission – an ambitious double landing on the far side.

Route map to the stars
Contributor Peter Milne considers the challenges facing extra-solar navigation teams as they plan a mission to Alpha Centauri.

Is this our rendezvous with Rama?
In a connection to Arthur C. Clarke’s fictional encounter, Jordi Gutierrez describes the recent fly-by of a visitor from beyond the solar system.

Here’s to SPICE!
A little known activity at NASA/JPL is key to archiving software and datasets for mission analysis, as described by Charles H. Acton and Fabrizio Bernardini.

Kiwi Polish
New Zealand has become the latest country to launch a satellite from its own territory. Bob Evans takes a look behind the headlines.

Regular Features

Behind the news
Star Wars: the sequel?

Opinion

Factchecker

ISS Report
9 February – 8 March 2018

Flashback
May 1968

Satellite Digest
544 – February 2018

Society news / Diary
What’s happened • What’s coming up

 

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 06 – June 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 06 – June 2018

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Snark infested skies
Joel Powell looks into the troubled history of an early cruise missile which made contributions to the rocket and space programmes of the early days while being a dismal failure as a weapon.

And then there were four
Gerard van der Haar and Jacques van Oene describe the newly named launch vehicle from Orbital ATK, the fourth in a plethora of new rockets vying for customers.

Saving Skylab (the Top Secret way)
Dwayne A. Day looks into the recently declassified archives and finds a subtext to the remarkable rescue mission of the Skylab space station involving the GAMBIT spy satellite.

Unidentified flying object
Analyst and specialist in Russian and Chinese space programmes, Phillip S. Clark examines the objectives behind the flight of Cosmos 2519 and associated satellites.

Belts and Braces
New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern answers a frequently asked question as to why precursors to the outer planets and beyond failed to explore the Kuiper Belt.

Regular Features

Behind the news

Opinion

ISS Report
9 March – 8 April 2018

Obituary
Dr Harold R. Kaufman (1925-2018)

Satellite Digest
545 – March 2018

Society news / Diary
What’s happened • What’s coming up

 

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 07 – July 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 07 – July 2018

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Along paths trod by Vikings
NASA’s InSIGHT Mars mission is off and running but how does it fit within the general pattern of Mars exploration and what can we expect of it, with its twin CubeSats designed to relay communications during the crucial descent?

Lost & Found
Dr Jim Clemmet explains how Beagle 2 came to be found residing apparently intact on the surface of Mars and how images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have helped rewrite the final chapter of this so very nearly successful mission.

Prophet of the Space Age
Author of a seminal biography of the renowned space age publicist Willy Ley, Jared S Buss gets behind this sometimes enigmatic character and helps us understand how he planted the first seeds of expectation before Wernher von Braun picked up the baton.

Happy landings
Phillip S. Clark gives us another deeply insightful analysis of the Russian space programme and examines 135 Soyuz landing times and recovery conditions, providing data which can be useful in predicting future landings.

Regular Features

Behind the news
Getting to the gate – is it always better to travel than to arrive?

Opinion

ISS Report
9 April – 8 May 2018

Satellite Digest
546 – April 2018

Flashback
July 1968

Letters to the editor

Society news / Diary
What’s happened • What’s coming up

 

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 08 – August 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 08 – August 2018

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To Russia with Love
Philip Corneille describes how Russia fell in love with an iconic Omega timepiece first worn by NASA astronauts.

A glimpse of the Cosmos
Nicholas Da Costa shows us around the refurbished Cosmos Pavilion – the Moscow museum for Russian space achievements.

Deadly Dust
The Editor looks back at results from the Apollo Moon landings and asks whether we are turning a blind eye to perils on the lunar surface.

Mapping the outer limits
SpaceFlight examines the latest findings concerning Charon, Pluto’s major satellite, using data sent back by NASA's New Horizons.

Peake Viewing
Rick Mulheirn comes face to face with Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft and explains where this travelling display can be seen.

38th BIS Russia-Sino forum
Brian Harvey and Ken MacTaggart sum up the latest Society meeting dedicated to Russian and Chinese space activities.

Regular Features

Behind the news
UK maps out its space defence strategy

Opinion

ISS Report
9 May – 8 June 2018

Obituary
Alan Bean (1932-2018)

Satellite Digest
547 – May 2018

Flashback
August 1968

Multi-media
The latest space-related books, games, videos

Letters to the editor
A new interstellar asteroid?

Society news / Diary

 

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 09 – September 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 09 – September 2018

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NASA at 60: what does the future hold?
This month we devote 23 pages to the issues facing NASA as it celebrates 60 years in space.

Breaking up is hard to do
With the partners in the ISS about to celebrate 20 years of co-operation, we examine the options for NASA for managing its future use.

Supply v. Demand
There is a flaw in the assumptions made about privatised space stations: too much hardware, not enough users. The implications are sobering.

Staying around
Flight schedules for the Space Launch System have been revised, giving the Block 1 a much longer lease of life – and perhaps a permanent presence in the future launcher mix.

More than it seems
A look at how NASA is supporting a stimulating programme of near-Earth and deep-space missions to plug the gaps in our knowledge.

What's in a number?
How much does NASA cost the American taxpayer? Not a lot as it turns out…

Space meets STEM
ESERO-UK Space Ambassador Jo Richardson FRAS explains how a European-wide programme of information and stimulation is connecting young people with exciting careers in space

Regular Features

Behind the news
Lift-off for UK spaceports

Opinion

ISS Report
9 June – 8 July 2018

Satellite Digest
548 – June 2018

Letters to the editor
Prescience or Instinct?, The Bigger Picture

Multi-media
Space models Chesley Bonestell-style

Society news / Diary

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 10 – October 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 10 – October 2018

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Dr Parker’s Sun grazer
NASA has embarked upon a new and more intensive data collection project designed to gather information about our Sun through direct sampling and a close-up look – far closer than ever before.

Giant rockets: the third way
Seradata analyst David Todd gives us his overview of how NASA could have acquired a heavy-lifter a lot earlier and a whole lot cheaper, had it taken a different route.

First up: Apollo 7
Fifty years ago in October, NASA launched the first manned Apollo mission, long in the making and considerably changed from its original objective.

Getting there – the NLV project
Robin Brand reports from the BIS Technical Committee on the first phase of the Society’s Nanosat Launch Vehicle project and describes how that activity is progressing.

Behind the news
UK Space puts on a show

Opinion

ISS Report
9 July – 8 August 2018

Satellite Digest
549 – July 2018

Obituary
Georg von Tiesenhausen (1914-2018)

Multi-media
The latest space-related books, games, videos

Letters to the editor
Inspiration for all, Moon dust, Clavius lessons

Society news / Diary
What’s happened/ What’s coming up

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 11 – November 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 11 – November 2018

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So you want to be a Cosmonaut?
Tony Quine has been quietly following the latest recruitment drive for Russian cosmonauts with the help of Tatiana Drozhzhova, who provides an insightful description of what's involved in the selection process – more rigorous than any training programme in the West.

OK, so why don’t we just rent a rocket
The Editor considers the implications of two seminal announcements from SpaceX – that a Japanese billionaire has made a “substantial” down-payment for a circumlunar fly-by aboard the Big Falcon Rocket, and that CEO Gwynn Shotwell is offering to put weapons in space for the US military..

Rumble in the Jungle
Interplanetary podcast host Matt Russell visits the Kourou space complex in French Guiana. Currently providing launch facilities for ESA's Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega flights, the site will also support Vega-C from 2019 and Ariane 6, anticipated to be flying by 2020.

Apollo programmer
Reflecting on former MIT software whizz-kid Don Eyles’ recent book Sunburst and Luminary, Fabrizio Bernardini, FBIS explores the technology surrounding the Apollo Guidance Computer and its implications for our lives today.

Behind the news
US commercial astronauts named

Opinion

ISS Report
9 August – 8 September 2018

Multi-media
The latest space-related books, games, videos

Satellite Digest
550 – August 2018

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Spaceflight Vol 60 No 12 – December 2018

Spaceflight Vol 60 No 12 – December 2018

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Heading for the Heavens
Gurbir Singh reflects on India’s decision to place an astronaut in orbit. Coming off the back of stunning successes, is it driven by a sensible push to become only the fourth country to put a person in space – or just a cynical political move?

ISS2 – Building the Lunar Gateway
The Editor reviews current plans for assembling an orbital base point for future Moon exploration, and considers the different orbit options. But is the Gateway a genuinely critical step on the road to Mars, or merely a mirror of the ISS?

Shuttling to the Moon
On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8's historic journey into lunar orbit, the Editor surveys the potential for exploiting lunar resources and describes Lockheed Martin's proposal for a lander that could provide logistics support.

A new age of Enlightenment [on Mars?]
Known to BIS members and many others for his incisive writing, Stephen Ashworth takes a look at the belief systems on Earth and considers their potential for adoption on Mars. What moral principles will guide the first colonists – and how might things change as Martian society evolves?

Behind the news
Poor quality control blamed for Soyuz failure

Opinion

ISS Report
9 September – 8 October 2018

Flashback
The flight of Apollo 8, December 1968

Satellite Digest
551 – September 2018

Letters to the Editor
The long wait / Impetus or inspiration?

Multi-media
The latest space-related books, games, videos

Society news / Diary
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