For 50 years, Flight has charted the exploration of space. Now, for the first time, our remarkable library of images and articles is available in the Flight Archives and 50 years of spaceflight slideshow in AirSpace.
Flight International has covered the space age from its beginning when Sputnik 1 shocked the world with its simple beep signal as it orbited the Earth. Sputnik, Laika the dog, Gagarin, Shephard, Glenn, Tereshkova - all of these seminal missions were reported on by Flight International's staff of writers during those darkest days of the Cold War
With exclusive cutaways of the 1960s Moon launchers developed by NASA, as well as other vehicles, Flight's International's archive, being added to every week, is a treasure trove that could compete with the collections of any of the world's major space agencies.
The challenges of this new age were covered in depth, with reports on the failure of the Soviet Union to beat the USA to the Moon the bittersweet ending of the Apollo programme after six successful missions Russia's new firsts with its Salyut series of space stations and record-breaking manned mission durations the development of the Space Shuttle and its subsequent achievements and tragic disasters the slow burn of Europe's Ariane rockets to eventually provide a competitive commercial satellite launch service the conception, development and deployment of the world's largest joint space project, the construction of the International space Station (ISS) the rise of Asia's Chinese and Indian space programmes and the dawning of commercial human spaceflight.