By C. N. Hill
"A Vertical Empire" describes the paintings in rocketry and house examine performed within the united kingdom within the Fifties and Sixties. At one time, the programme was once as refined as these within the US and Russia. The initiatives have been cancelled one after the other as Britain's makes an attempt to take care of militarily with the 2 superpowers weakened, due to Treasury strain and the assumption that there has been no monetary destiny in area know-how. a lot of the fabric during this booklet hasn't ever been on hand sooner than, due partially to the 30-Year Rule bearing on executive records, and partially to the delicate army nature of the paintings. The tasks coated comprise rocket-propelled airplane, huge army missiles resembling the medium diversity ballistic missile "Blue Streak", the try out rocket "Black Knight" and the re-entry experiments it carried, and the satellite tv for pc launcher "Black Arrow". moreover, proposed initiatives which can were built from those autos are coated extensive. there's additionally huge political research of why those tasks have been ultimately discontinued.
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