RAeS Southend branch lecture: Captain David MacKay, Virgin Galactic

Captain David Mackay, Virgin Galactic’s Chief Test Pilot, is to speak at the Southend branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  Subject to US Security clearance Captain Mackay, who was recently the subject of an article in The Telegraph, will pilot Virgin’s flagship VSS Enterprise on its maiden voyage carrying Sir Richard Branson and his family into space.  Until then all test flights are being flown by US pilots from the development partners Scaled Composites.

The event takes place on 8th November 2011 from 8.00pm to 9.30pm at The Royal Naval Association, 79 East Street, Southend on Sea, SS2 6LQ.  For more details contact Sean Corr at sean895@btinternet.com or see the link below.

Source: http://www.aerosocietychannel.com/events/2011/07/virgin-galactic/

British Astronauts blog and a chat with Tim Peake

Welcome to the British Astronauts blog.  This blog is an expansion of the British Astronauts Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Astronauts/319020331255) which I set up “to follow their work and to promote human spaceflight in the UK”.  I’ve moved to a blog in order to escape some of Facebook’s limitations.  I’m keeping the page going, linked to this blog.

To get things started, I thought I’d share this brief interview between Space blogger Jack Dearlove and Tim Peake:

http://boos.audioboo.fm/swf/fullsize_player.swf

Jack has his own blog at http://dearloveonspace.wordpress.com/ where he shares his own experiences including the recent STS135 tweetup.  He’s got some cool stuff on there with sound, videos and ionfographics which I want to check out as soon as I get time.