He didn't do Star Fleet but he did do Terrorhawks at around the same time.
Three years between them ("X-Bomber" was a 1980 show in Japan, "Terrahawks" came along two or three years later).
(I've got to say that in a straight up comparison between "Star Fleet" and "Terrahawks", and in honesty most of Gerry Anderson's shows the former comes out far better. I'd take "Star Fleet" over any of Anderson's output to be honest. )
That said, 79 is a good age to reach and he headed up a team who did a lot of very decent work over the years. (Heck, if his only contribution had been in the room he gave Derek Meddings to master his craft then that would be enough for me to give him a lot of respect).
Still can't stand Thunderbirds mind you. Guaranteed insomnia cure for me. Still have fond memories of "Captain Scarlet" (or "'UFO' done properly" if you prefer) though.
Very sad. I remember the announcement of his Alzheimer's, and it's almost like him dying twice.
Thunderbirds is one of those series I can't even remember the first time I saw, it was just part of childhood and continued to be entertaining long afterward - such brilliant hardware!
Captain Scarlet suited me in my early teens for being a bit "darker". My box sets of UFO are among the very few DVDs to survive my recent purge, a great series. I even have some nostalgia for Space Precinct, after a school friend convinced me to give it a go that it wasn't as silly as the trailers looked - and he was right!
I actually quite enjoyed it - sure it showed its heritage as intended for an educational series, but it was better at it than a lot of educational programming I have encountered. It is the sort of thing that if I had seen it as a kid it would have been one of the best things ever. (The spaceship even looked like it had radiators to get rid of the heat!). I was a bit confused by the crew make-up, but not in the same way. When Ed Bishop narrated that this and future lightship crews would be "a family unit" I wasn't sure whether that meant that all five of them were a single family unit, and therefore were a polyandrous marriage or whether they just meant they would be made up of complete family units - in which case the Captain was a widower or a divorcee. Didn't spend too much time worrying about that though - there were blueshifted stars, red giants and light-lag going on which were much more interesting.
Thanks to Phil I have now seen the Thunderbirds 1965 project. Absolutely astounding how the makers have reproduced the look and feel of the original puppet show. There are some limitations due to the source material (the original story records are a bit pedestrian) but they've worked wonders with them. The aspect ratio is correct, the directing is correct and if you just saw clips without context you would absolutely think they were from episodes that were made back in the day. A great achievement. If it was properly commercially available I would buy a copy but it isn't so, er, I can't.