Mat Irvinehas had a long association with spacecraft modelling, both as an amateur hobbyist and professionally. He was a special effects designer at the BBC for almost 25 years, not only working on SF series such as Doctor Whoand Blake’s 7, but also many factual science programmes, from Horizon to Stargazing Live. He also regularly appeared on children’s programmes explaining about the latest space missions. He has also worked closely with many of the model companies around the world, advising on their ‘space model’ output. He has written a number of books and articles on space and modelling and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
David Bakerhas an interest in air and space projects and has written a number of books and articles on both subjects, many covering the technical history and programme changes that affected engineering projects in these fields. In 1986, David was elected a voting member of the International Academy of Astronautics and has received a number of international awards over the years, including the American Astronautical Society’s Frederick I Ordway III award for ‘sustained excellence in space coverage