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    Richard Francis

    In the 60’s I was a member of the now defunct Artificial Satellites Section, and used to receive, every fortnight if I remember well, a cyclostyled newsheet with the latest launches, etc.

    As a teenager at the time I was enthralled to read of the seemingly huge numbers of launches, many from the mysterious Tyuratam launch site in the old USSR. Others were from the equally mysterious Plesetsk. In those days the USSR was, at least to a schoolboy, as remote and unknown as another planet.

    Now however, after a career developing and launching satellites which included extended periods in both Plesetsk and Baikonur (Tyuratam is a Khazakh village and railway station between Baikonur city and the launch complex), it is all much less mysterious!

    Does anybody have any remaining copies of these? If so, I’d be very pleased to get a scan of one or two of them.


    Richard Francis

    Jeremy Shears

    Dear Richard,

    I am sure you have many fascinating stories about your time at Plesetsk and Baikonur.

    I contacted Dr Richard McKim about your query and he says we don’t have any of the former Artificial Satellite Section newsletters in the Archive. If you, or anyone else, manages to come across any, he would certainly appreciate copies for the Archive.

    Kind regards,


    Stewart Moore

    Geoffrey Perry / Kettering Grammar School would almost certainly have taken this Newsletter.  Although the school is long closed I wonder if there was an archive that has been passed on to a local record office.

    Good luck in your searches,


    Martin Mobberley

    Last year I uploaded the ‘Kettering Connection’ audio track to my youtube ‘channel’. I was contacted by Bob Christy from the Zarya website which has a lot of archive Kettering stuff on its pages. Bob can be contacted by the envelope icon on that page. As a keen Kettering/Artificial Satellites man who remembers that era I’d be surprised if he didn’t have some of Howard Miles old circulars…….

    The Zarya website is here:

    Click on the envelope top right to send a message…..


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