The UK's Space Programme

Interesting article on BBC site, Britain's first space pioneers, which explains that penny pinching led to a choice between the UK's space programme or Concorde. Concorde won.

For a brief time in the late 1960s, it looked as if Britain could be more than just a footnote in the annals of space history.
The UK was third only to the United States and USSR in the field of rocket technology. It had a viable satellite launch programme and even plans for manned missions.

Not a subject I think I've ever read anything about or seen on TV. I guess nobody's really interested. I suppose we have some spy satelites maybe, or more likely we just lean on our friends across the Atlantic.

Update: Seems we do have a deal with the American entity tho' Britain is launching it's first spy satellite sometime soonish. It sounds like a glorified Web cam but on the plus side it was cheap as chips.

Posted by Paul at January 12, 2004 02:40 PM |
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