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Britain's Space Program  
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Britain's independent space programme finally finishes this weekend. 50 years, and no one really knew about it. Sad really. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4502823.stm


"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12146 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

It really is a sad day. Skylark has been the most reliable and most used rocket into space, ever. It's closest competor, the Delta rocket, only has around 120 launches. The 440+ launches for Skylark will stand for a long time.

User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):
It really is a sad day. Skylark has been the most reliable and most used rocket into space, ever. It's closest competor, the Delta rocket, only has around 120 launches. The 440+ launches for Skylark will stand for a long time.

Your Delta launch count is shy about 170 launches!!

http://www.boeing.com/history/mdc/delta.htm


User currently offlineAussieAMEgirl From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

I beleive that the British Space program started here in Australia at Woomera.

http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~woomera/

In 1971 Australia was only the 3rd country in the world to launch a satellite(WRESAT) from its own soil. It was a join US/UK/Australian venture as the rocket was a Redstone, but the satellite was built here.

Long Live the British Space Program!


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Final launch was carried out at 06:30 this morning. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4504623.stm


"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

It might have been different, but probably could not have been.

After the Blue Streak IRBM (liquid fuelled) was axed as a weapon in 1960, it was allowed to carry on as a potential satellite launcher, though officialdom could not see any application (this as Telstar was demonstrating satellites as a means of live intercontinental TV broadcasts).

A plan was approved where Blue Streak would be the 1st stage of a European launcher, France and Germany making the upper stages, with at least initial launches from Woomera.
But, though Blue Streak performed well, the upper stages kept on failing, this with economic pressure led to the UK pulling out in 1968.
We know that France, partnered by Germany and others, would eventually go on to build Ariane.

However, a team offered to make a small launcher, for a knock down price, they were allowed to do so.
In 1971, from Woomera, this Black Arrow rocket, (which could have the basis for UK upper stages for Blue Streak), launched the UK Prospero payload, which is still in orbit and should remain so until around 2040.
But Black Arrow, being so limited, was a dead end, in 1971 there was no market for small commercial satellites.
A decade later, it would be different, but the gap was too great in 1971, still also a economically stormy era about to get worse.

Since then, the main focus has been satellites and science, through the result of a long period of amalgamations at Astrium, and smaller niche players like Surrey Satellite Technology.


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

It looks like something I built from a kit by Estes... Actual size even

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