Phillip S. Clark

Phillip S Clark has studied the Soviet and Chinese space programmes for more than 20 years. He has published detailed analyses of Soviet and Chinese launch activities in books and magazine articles, and contributes to space and science-related television broadcasts for international audiences.

His first book, "The Soviet Manned Space Programme", was the first western account of Soviet activities based on Soviet source material and backed up with a detailed analysis of the areas not then subject to "glasnost". Published by Salamander in 1988, the book was subsequently printed in the U.S. by Orion Books.

Clark contributed to the "Grande Atlas de l'Espace", published in France in 1987, the UK in 1990 (as "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space"); the "Magill Survey of Science: Space Exploration", U.S.A. 1989; and the "Joy of Knowledge", U.K. 1989. He has written extensively on the Soviet and Chinese space programmes, with articles appearing in "Space", "Space Markets" and "Jane's (Soviet) Intelligence Review" (Interavia/Jane's Group), "Spaceflight", "Journal of the British Interplanetary Society" (all U.K.), "Earth Space Review" (France), "Space Digest Australia" and the "TRW Space Log" (U.S.A.). Additionally he regularly contributes stories to "Space Fax Daily" (U.S.A.).

As host of a special edition of the BBC science programme "Antenna" Clark travelled to Moscow for a first-hand look at Soviet aerospace facilities and historical memorabilia. The programme, which focused on the U.S.S.R.'s plans to explore the Martian system, was broadcast in 1988. An updated version was shown again in 1989.

Phillip S Clark has also appeared on numerous British, American and Australian news broadcasts, as well as British domestic and external television and radio programmes, discussing the space programmes of the former Soviet Union, China, the United States, Japan and others.

In 1990 he acted as consultant for the BBC's "Red Star in Orbit" ("The Russian Right Stuff" in the U.S.A.), a three part series giving many new insights into the Soviet space programme. The programmes initially aired in Great Britain in 1990 and was broadcast as part of the NOVA science series in the U.S. in 1991.

Phillip S Clark is a regular speaker at the British Interplanetary Society's annual Soviet Astronautics meetings and has lectured throughout Great Britain as well as Australia and the United States.

From 1987 to 1991 Clark was employed as a Soviet specialist for a London-based space consultancy. As such he was responsible for the preparation of detailed reports on Soviet and Chinese space programmes and launch vehicles as well as reviewing World-wide launch vehicles and space programmes. He holds an honours degree in mathematics and computing from the Open University.

Phillip S Clark is a freelance consultant, writer and lecturer, working as the Molniya Space Consultancy, publishing technical reports and undertaking more general consultancy. He has specialised in writing about the technical aspects of space programmes, as well as undertaking the detailed analysis of orbital data. Starting at the beginning of 1993 he has published the monthly "Worldwide Satellites Launches", a detailed review of the previous month's launches Worldwide, whether successful missions or not.

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