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.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: C. N. Hill
Publisher: Imperial College Press
Imprint: Imperial College Press
Dimensions: Width: 16.50cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 24.40cm
ISBN 10: 1848167962
Publication Date: 17 October 2011
Audience: General/trade , College/higher education , Professional and scholarly , General , Tertiary & Higher Education
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Table of ContentsRocket 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'.
This book is to be highly recommended for its objectivity and realistic appraisal of an inspiring example of a can-do spirit. It is required reading for anyone seeking the truth about how Britain let slip one of its greatest engineering opportunities and was profoundly let down by a political elite that abandoned UK skill and world-class performance. -- Spaceflight Spaceflight
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