Britain’s First Space Rocket: The Story of the Skylark

With rockets landing on comets, the UK announcing its leading roll in European missions to Mars, and Kickstarters funding new trips to the moon, space is back on people’s minds. But how many people remember Skylark, the first UK rocket programme that ran for almost 50 years until 2005?

My Dad did, and he’s written a book about it.

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 programme. Over the next 48 years hundreds more were fired, launching into space thousands of instruments that made pioneering observations of the Earth, Sun, stars and galaxies.

Here for the first time is the full story of the Skylark rocket, a fascinating story of the birth of British rocket technology and space science, a tale that started at the end of WWII and lasted until 2005.

I know a lot of you out there who are interested in aeronautics, space travel, rocketry or just science in general. I would really recommend this book. 6 years in the making and featuring over 740 images, many of which have been been previously released, this is a labour of love from a man who grew up during the space race; someone who read comics full of space adventure, saw the first satellites in the news and lived in a time when moon landings, space stations, or landing a probe on a comet were pure science fiction.

Read a bit more about it here and here.

You can get your copy at YPD Books

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