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The British Interplanetary Society Plaques on ATV4 for delivery to the International Space Station

BIS 80th Anniversary Plaque

The fourth ATV, ATV 4, named "Albert Einstein", which was launched today on an Ariane 5 rocket, carries two plaques that commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). The two plaques will be taken to the International Space Station. It is planned for one to be returned to Earth while it is hoped its twin remains on the ISS permanently.

The President of the British Interplanetary Society, Alistair Scott said, "This is a fantastic way of celebrating our 80th year and reminding people of the work we have done since the early 1930s to promote spaceflight and the exploration and use of space. We are so grateful to ESA, the ATV Team and the ISS Astronauts for allowing us to fly them"

Kirsten MacDonell, ESA ATV Cargo Manager who was instrumental in making the arrangements for the flight said, "The BIS has been promoting the study and exploration of astronautics for 80 years; inspiring generations of people from around the world. The 80th Anniversary of the British Interplanetary Society is a special occasion worth celebrating. It is an honour to fly these BIS anniversary plaques on ATV-4."

The plaques are 4 cm diameter disks, 3 mm deep and made of high grade aluminium alloy. Weighing less than 5 g each they are precision machined to depict the Society's 80th Anniversary Logo. They were sponsored by Reaction Engines Limited, and were made in the company's machining division, Brite Precision.

Gordon Harrison, Reaction Engines' Production Director responsible for Brite Precision, said, "We are delighted to have made something that is actually flying in space, it shows off the capability of Brite Precision's new state of the art machines."

 

The British Interplanetary Society Delivers a Plaque to SSTL

SSTL Plaque HandoverTechDemoSat-1 whose launch arrangements were announced today by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) will be carrying a plaque commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS).

The Plaque will be mounted on TechDemoSat-1 and then carried into orbit. The Plaque was handed over to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) last month in a ceremony conducted by BIS Council Member Gerry Webb, and Luis Gomes of the SSTL TechDemoSat-1 team who are building the satellite.

Gerry Webb is General Director of Commercial Space Technologies Limited who are the brokers for the launch of SSTL TechDemoSat-1 with the Russian Space Agency. Roscosmos. He arranged for the Plaque to be carried with both SSTL and Roscosmos.

The President of the British Interplanetary Society, Alistair Scott said, "This is a fantastic way of celebrating our 80th year and reminding people of the work we have done since the early 1930s to promote spaceflight and the exploration and use of space. We are so grateful to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and the TechDemoSat-1 Team for allowing us to fly with them"

Plaque mounted on TD SatSir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of SSTL commented "I am delighted that SSTL is able to offer this opportunity to BIS, an organisation which has done so much to promote and foster the UK's interest in space". TechDemoSat-1 is a truly British spacecraft, designed and manufactured here and flying British payloads, so it is a fitting vehicle for this commemorative plaque."

The plaque is identical to the two plaques that will be carried to the International Space Station in April 2013. It is 4 cm a diameter disk, 3 mm deep and made of high grade aluminium alloy. Weighing less than 5 g each it is precision machined to depict the Society's 80th Anniversary Logo. It was sponsored by Reaction Engines Limited, and was made in the company's machining division, Brite Precision.

 

British Interplanetary Society 80th Anniversary Plaque

BIS 80th Anniversary Plaque

Turin, Tuesday 20 November 2012: Two plaques commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) were handed over to the ATV-4 integration team in Turin, Italy, destined for the International Space Station. The plaques were carried to Turin by BIS Vice President Mark Hempsell. They were received by Thales Alenia Space, the company who make the Automated Transfer Vehicle Pressurized Module.

The President of the British Interplanetary Society, Alistair Scott said, "This is a fantastic way of celebrating our 80th year and reminding people of the work we have done since the early 1930s to promote spaceflight and the exploration and use of space. We are so grateful to ESA, the ATV Team and the ISS Astronauts for allowing us to fly".

BIS Plaque HandoverKirsten MacDonell, ESA ATV Cargo Manager who was instrumental in making the arrangements for the flight said, "The BIS has been promoting the study and exploration of astronautics for 80 years; inspiring generations of people from around the world. The 80th Anniversary of the British Interplanetary Society is a special occasion worth celebrating. It is an honour to fly this BIS anniversary plaques on ATV-4." The plaques are 4 cm diameter disks, 3 mm deep and made of high grade aluminium alloy. Weighing less than 5 g each they are precision machined to depict the Society's 80th Anniversary Logo. They were sponsored by Reaction Engines Limited, and were made in the company's machining division, Brite Precision.

The two plaques will be carried to the International Space Station on ESA's fourth ATV, ATV 4, named "Albert Einstein", in April 2013. It is planned for one to be returned to Earth while its twin remains on the ISS permanently.