A vertical empire : the history of the UK rocket and space programme, 1950-1971

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  • London River Edge, NJ : Imperial College Press ; World Scientific Pub. [distributor] c2001
Physical description
1 online resource (260p. ) illustrations, maps
ISBN
  • 1-281-86608-3
  • 9786611866082
  • 1-84816-162-X
Notes
  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 249) and index.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Original electronic resource Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary,
  • English
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Ebrary eBook
Audience
  • general.
  • undergraduate.
  • research & professional.
Contents
  • 1. Introduction -- 2. Rocket motors -- 3. Rocket interceptors -- 4. The Blue Steel Stand Off missile -- 5. Blue Streak: the origins -- 6. Blue Streak: the cancellation -- 7. B.S.S.L.V. -- 8. ELDO and Europa -- 9. Black Knight -- 10. Black Arrow -- 11. The could have beens -- 12. The U.K. and space.
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Genre
  • Electronic books.
  • History.
  • text
Language
  • English
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Summary

  • A discussion of the work in rocketry and space research carried out in the UK in the 1950's and 1960's. The projects covered include rocket-propelled aircraft, large military missiles such as the medium range ballistic missile "Blue Streak", and the satellite launcher "Black Arrow".
  • "A Vertical Empire" describes the work in rocketry and space research carried out in the UK in the 1950's and 1960's. At one time, the programme was as sophisticated as those in the US and Russia. The projects were cancelled one by one as Britain's attempts to keep up militarily with the two superpowers weakened, as a consequence of Treasury pressure and the belief that there was no economic future in space technology.;Much of the material in this book has never been available before, due partly to the 30-Year Rule concerning government documents, and partly to the sensitive military nature of the work. The projects covered include rocket-propelled aircraft, large military missiles such as the medium range ballistic missile "Blue Streak", the test rocket "Black Knight" and the re-entry experiments it carried, and the satellite launcher "Black Arrow". In addition, proposed projects that could have been developed from these vehicles are covered in depth. There is also considerable political analysis of why these projects were eventually discontinued.

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