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A Vertical Empire: The History of the UK Rocket and Space Programme, 1950-1971

  • Book
  • B-WSP-008
  • ISBN 978-1-8481-6162-7
Published January 01, 2004 by World Scientific Publishing Company in United States
A Vertical Empire: The History of the UK Rocket and Space Programme, 1950-1971
Sector:
Language:
  • English
Pages:
  • 259 pages

A Vertical Empire provides a description of the British rocketry and space programme from the 1950s to 1970s, detailing the Medium Range Ballistic Missile Blue Streak and its conversion to a satellite launcher as part of the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO). This extensively revised second edition includes material only made available in the past ten years and the text is supplemented by numerous photographs, sketches and statistics. The all-British satellite Black Arrow is described, as well as the research rocket Black Knight, the Blue Steel missile and the rocket powered interceptor aircraft.

Contents:

  • Rocket Motors
  • Rocket Interceptors
  • Blue Steel
  • Blue Streak - The Origins
  • Blue Streak - The 'Underground Launcher'
  • Blue Streak - The Cancellation
  • B S S L V
  • The European Launcher Development Organisation - ELDO
  • Europa
  • Black Knight
  • Black Knight and the Re-Entry Experiments
  • Black Arrow
  • The 'Might Have Beens'