Skylark - Britain's First Space Rocket and its Pioneering Observations
Speaker: Robin Brand
These days, few have heard of the Skylark sounding rocket. Yet, in November 1957, it was the first British rocket to reach space and became the basis of Britain’s earliest space program. Hundreds were fired, launching into space thousands of scientific instruments. Many of these carried out pioneering astronomical observations in the X-ray and UV spectrum, regions previously unavailable to UK scientists.
This talk tells the story of that space rocket, from its origins in the 1950s, until its last launch in 2005. The rocket was designed and developed at Farnborough and was first launched at Woomera in Australia. The talk is based on the book by the same name, published by the author, and as well as the astronomical observations covers covers the development of its motor, parachute and payload attitude systems as well as it use for Earth observation and microgravity studies.
* Wheelchair access
* Car park
* Coffee and Tea from 19:00
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