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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 01 – January 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 01 – January 2020

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Rock Follies
NASA is opening lunar samples sealed for more than 40 years in preparation for a new tranche of material from the Moon in the 2020s.

Twin Sisters
The RAF is getting serious about small satellites launched from Cosmic Girl, out of Newquay.

Congressional Hearing
David Todd roamed the halls of the 70th IAC in Washington DC and lived to tell us the tales.

Bringers of Life
Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe muses over the way life may have been brought to Earth.

Heading for the Outer Limits
Calla Cofield of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings news from the heliopause about distant Voyager 2.

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Behind the news
Playing for Time – New man on Moon duty – A Partner for Pluto

Opinion

ISS Report
9 October – 8 November 2019

Obituary
Alexei Leonov (1934-2019)

Multi-media
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564 – October 2019

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 02 – February 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 02 – February 2020

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White Knight or White Elephant?
As NASA mulls over prospects for the International Space Station, is it time to retire this world-class laboratory?

Reflections from the Kuiper Belt
Alan Stern muses over the outstanding discoveries and flight performance of the New Horizons spacecraft.

Ticket to Ride
Wings may be carrying astronauts back to the ISS as a commercial provider edges toward a first flight test.

Designs for Living on another world
Mark Yates FBIS visited the Design Museum in London for a simulated Mars experience.

Journey to a Chaotic Moon
Dwayne A. Day looks at a proposal to send a low-cost probe to Neptune’s moon Triton.

North Stars
David Todd reports from RISpace in Belfast and Alistair Scott identifies winners of the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards.

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Behind the news
Community Spirit ...and a scoop for NASA too!

Opinion

ISS Report
9 November – 8 December 2019

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Satellite Digest
565 – November 2019

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 03 – March 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 03 – March 2020

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Another year…and another delay
The Editor mulls over the events of the last two months and assesses the state of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Getting the drop on planet Mars
The European Space Agency reports on the impending launch of ExoMars 2020 and describes events associated with parachute tests and checks out the landing site.

Probing Saturn’s mightiest moon
When the Huygens probe descended through the dense atmosphere of Titan, it followed an entirely unpredictable spin profile. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains why.

Unlocking the universe – with metaphor
Mark Stewart takes a reflective look at Norman Mailer’s seminal observations on NASA’s Apollo programme and finds a meaningful epitaph.

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Behind the news
Aceing the test – Hot and hotter!

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Space UK
Entrepreneurs watch this space! – Space seeds new trees

ISS Report
9 December 2019 – 8 January 2020

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566 – December 2019

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 04 – April 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 04 – April 2020

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The need for Speed
The ISS has just received a significant upgrade to its data and communication system through a device the size of a domestic refrigerator which will enable a high-speed link with Earth.

Set the controls for the heart of the Sun
Scott Hatton and John Sealander report on the latest solar science probe, designed to dive deep into the Sun’s heliosphere.

Saved by the Book
Dr Michael Warner explores the fascinating tale of how rare Apollo 13 mission documents tell their own story about momentous events 50 years ago.

When in Rome
Davide Marco reports from the first New Space Economic Forum in Italy on how a new wave of optimism is driving Europe’s space initiatives.

A Sting in the Tale
The Editor takes a long look at Scorpion, a multi-mission space vehicle conceived and designed by former BIS President Mark Hemspell and offers a supporting critique.

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Behind the news
Mission possible – Boeing's Starliner stumbles – Not so fast!

Opinion

Space UK
Two legs good…eight legs better! – UK space industry punches well above its weight

ISS Report
9 January - 8 February 2020

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567 – January 2020

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 05 – May 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 05 – May 2020

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Beyond the ISS
On the verge of engaging with full commercialisation, Axiom is pioneering a habitable module that will attach to the ISS as a preliminary step towards a second US-funded, independent space station.

Places to go?
Nick Spall talks to UK Space Agency Human Exploration Manager Libby Jackson and explores the prospects for further space flights by Tim Peake and other would-be British astronauts. Their conclusion? There’s a lot of potential!

A Matter of Survival
Dr Brett Gooden takes a long, hard look at the physiological challenges facing Mars-bound astronauts and questions the entrenched assumption that the negative health effects of long-duration space flights and surface exploration can easily be overcome. Is it really that simple?

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Behind the news
Mars Lander on hold – Sleeping through the journey to Mars – Averting Armageddon – Ukraine helps China develop lunar lander

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Space UK
Hands across the water – News from the Sun – 50th birthday precedent

ISS Report
9 February – 8 March 2020

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568 – February 2020

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 06 – June 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 06 – June 2020

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The quiet Earth
SpaceFlight surveys the global lockdown and finds that satellites are providing evidence of a natural world bouncing back and of scientists able to do much more than they could before.

Top marks for Perseverance
With the launch window for Mars 2020 fast approaching, we take a close look at how final preparations for NASA’s latest rover are coming together and at the unique items of equipment that could make Perseverance a historic “first”.

The rover returns
Long-standing contributor Dwayne A. Day examines the plan to use Mars 2020 as the springboard for a sample-return mission in which NASA and the European Space Agency join forces to get dust from the Red Planet to Earth.

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Behind the news
SpaceX is Go! – But Boeing’s Starliner is still marking time – NASA’s deep space gatekeeper – Deep space mining

Opinion

ISS Report
9 March – 8 April 2020

Obituary – Al Worden (1932-2020)

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569 – March 2020

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 07 – July 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 07 – July 2020

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Multiple stations pledge
We look at a critical assessment of the way science is conducted at the International Space Station and finds it wanting.

The man behind the ISS
The Editor reflects on the life of recently deceased Jim Beggs, the NASA Administrator for whom the building of the ISS was his supreme achievement.

Why don’t we just wing it?
Nick Spall FBIS examines the balance between winged lifting vehicles and semi-ballistic capsules, arguing that the former have been grossly overlooked.

Parallels with Apollo
David Baker looks beyond the initial return to the Moon by astronauts and examines the plan for a sustained presence on the lunar surface.

Probing further in the Kuiper Belt
Alan Stern provides another update on the pioneering work of New Horizons.

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NASA loses Moon boss – Project Artemis: triple lander line-up – Revamped plans for Lunar Gateway – Stand by for Action! – Annie Glenn: in memoriam – Rosalind gets a makeover

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Space UK

ISS Report
9 April – 8 May 2020

Obituary – Dr S. “Fred” Singer (1924-2020)

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570 – April 2020

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 08 – August 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 08 – August 2020

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Gene genies
Funny things happen on prolonged space flights, including a level of gene modification now under investigation at the ISS.

Open for Business
Derek Webber of Spaceflight Associates makes an impassioned plea for lunar exploration and resource utilisation as nations prepare to build a permanent presence on the Moon.

Living Space
Stephen Baxter FBIS examines the BIS’ SPACE Project in which a very large habitation in orbit provides a base for space factories.

Rising to Demand
Griffith Ingram looks at the pioneering efforts of B2Space and their push for rocket-carrying balloons and at interim plans for sending experiments to the stratosphere.

Rewards of the Job
Award-winning space historian Frank H. Winter reflects on the honours awarded to Karlheinz Rohrwild and his work as Director of the Oberth Museum in Bavaria.

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Behind the news
A New Dawn? – Gearing Up – Long and Winding Road – China unveils its own ISS! – Moonbound – Everyone’s gone...to Mars! – Artemis: Change of Plan

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ISS Report
9 May – 8 June 2020

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Satellite Digest 551
1 May – 10 June 2020

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 09 – September 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 09 – September 2020

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Buyer beware
Sara Langston from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida sounds a cautionary note to those planning to fly on commercial suborbital space trips.

Rooms with a view
Tony Quine implores space tourists to set their sights on higher goals – even deep space – in the search for high-flying thrills.

Wealth without limits
Dr Stephen Cutts examines the potential riches of the solar system and argues the case for regarding them as a natural resource for humans
to exploit.

Watch this space
BIS CEO Elizabeth Anderson talks to UK 2020 World Space Week Co-ordination Manager Vix Southgate about plans for this year’s events and what BIS members can do to help.

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UK Saves OneWeb – Twin hotshots to the Red Planet – Big Eurospace budget cuts – Russian Roulette – Starliner’s new start

Opinion

Space UK

ISS Report
9 June – 8 July 2020

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

Obituary
Yevgeny Mikrin (1955-2020)

Satellite Digest 572
11–30 June 2020

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SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 10 – October 2020

SpaceFlight Vol 62 No 10 – October 2020

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To Space and beyond
Continuing the theme of space tourism we began last month, Nick Spall digs down into what motivates people to want to take a flight into space and expands that to examine the reasons why professional astronauts do what they do.

Sending out an SLS
We welcome contributor John Sealander, who took a tour of NASA’s Stennis Space Center to bring us the latest developments at the seminal facility for preparing the core stage of the Space Launch System for crucial testing.

Space history in the making
Griffith Ingram explains the background to the new history magazine Space Chronicle and explores the reasons why this reinvented product aims to be at the forefront of fascinating background insights into what made the Space Age, from earliest efforts to the present.

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Behind the news
Moon Lander Touches Down – House docks NASA budget – SpaceX crew shuffle – Space- biz soars to new heights – The race is on!

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Space UK

ISS Report
9 July – 8 August 2020

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Satellite Digest 573
July 2020

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