Information  Research Publications  Presentations
on the Human Exploration of Space
Astro Info Service Limited
Established 1982
Incorporation 2003
Company No.4865911
E & OE
What We Do
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The aim of Astro Info Service is to present the most accurate and informative no-frills data on the history, development and operations of human space flight. AIS is committed to promoting, informing, educating and explaining how and why we go into space, what we do when we are there and how space exploration benefits us all here on Earth. We remain focused on delivering this knowledge to youger generations, who are the space explorers of our future.

To achieve these aims, the Company offers a range of products and services worldwide, in a variety of formats. This includes:
Our Website. Features details of our publications and other items which can be purchased directly from our online shop. The website includes a range of reports, background information and important anniversaries. We deal primarily with the human exploration of space and its interation with robotic space exploration and our site reflects that activity and history.

Books. A portfolio of titles by leading publishing houses have been written by Dave Shayler, either as solo projects or co-operative ventures. These books have been produced by leading publishing houses Ian Allan, Salamander, Hamlyn/Heinemann, Egmont, Apogee and Springer-Verlag/Praxis.

AIS Publications. The first release from AIS in 1982 was a privately published book on the 1963 NASA Group 3 astronaut selection. Since that time, we have produced a range of specialist publications on various aspects of human space flight.

Audio-visual. We offer a range of audio CDs (originally released as audio cassettes, then CDs, now MP3/MP4 files) featuring extracts from official NASA mission commentary and press conferences, plus an expanding collection of other discs in CD and DVD format.

Membership. Dave Shayler has been a member of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) since 1976 and was promoted to Fellow in 1984. He was elected to the Council in 2013. Dave was also a co-founder (1989) and President of the Midland Spaceflight Society (1990-2020).

Education. AIS is fully committed to supporting space education. From 1999-2010, we delivered a range of show-and-tell presentations, participation workshops and course work support for all levels of UK education, from early years through to university and adult learning. Our programme supported STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) activities and covered various aspects of science, technology, maths, literacy and most sections of the UK curriculum. Our education programme is currently under review.

Outreach. Our Lecture series has been enjoyed by numerous social groups and clubs over the years. These can be specialised show-and-tell presentations covering a range of space flight history and operations. Our lectures can include formal debates, discussions and general Q&A sessions.

After Dinner Speaking. Dave Shayler is a published author with over 30 titles to date and offers interesting, informative and humourous talks that will entertain any formal or informal dinners for professional groups, companies and social gatherings.

Magazine Articles. Since 1977, Dave Shayler has published numerous articles in a variety of space flight magazines, including publications by the BIS, Spaceflight News and UK SEDS magazines, as well as other UK and US publications.

Consultancy. With over 45 years of experience in the research and documentation of human space flight, Dave Shayler offers authoritative and informative consultancy work suitable for companies, authors, educators, various media and the general public. Dave has completed research trips to the United States and Russia as well as working with media organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News. He has featured on local radio stations in the UK as well as radio networks in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. Over the years, Dave and Astro Info Service have co-operated with several science-based museums and AIS is always willing to discuss support and consultancy work with educational establishments and science and technology centres. Our work has included co-operative ventures, lectures and workshops with The Star Centre in Keighley, The National Space Centre in Leicester, The Dudley Museum in the West Midlands, Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire, The Gunpowder Museum at Waltham Abbey and the RAF Cosford Museum near Wolverhampton. In 2014, Dave served as a member of the advisory committee for the London Science Museum in preparation for their 'Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age' exhibition, held during 2015 and 2016.

Co-Authorship. In addition to solo writing projects, Dave has participated in a number of co-operative ventures for articles and books. He welcomes discussions on any future co-operative projects with other authors.

Contact Us. VIa e-mail, Twitter and LinkedIn, or traditional methods (letter/phone) to answer any questions or queries you may have on human spaceflight history, operations and future trends. We encourage feedback from our publications and services to improve and expand our programme.

Further details of all of the above can be found throughout this website.