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19 October 2021 18:30 - 19 April 2022 21:00
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Skylark rocket launch Australia(585x746)
Note: This event was originally due in November 2021, but was delayed due to Covid uncertainty.  The ewvent has now been rescheduled and will be held at The Hive, Worcester.  The event may be changed to a webinar if circumstances change, registrants will be advised of final arrangements a few days before the event. 
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. 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 British scientists.
This talk tells the story of that space rocket, from its origins in the 1950s, until its last launch in 2005.
The talk is based on research for Robin Brand's book of a similar name, the first ever written on the full story of the Skylark.  The book was published in December 2014 and short-listed in 2015 for a ‘Sir Arthur Clarke’ award for space activity in the media category. The book includes many photographs from Australian archives never before published. Some of these, and rare video footage of Skylark launches, will be shown during the presentation.


Robin Brand BSc CEng MIET FBIS is an electronic engineer by profession. A member from his youth, Robin was chair of the British Interplanetary Society Technical Committee from 2016 to 2020.


The Hive - Worcester
Sawmill Walk
The Butts
United Kingdom

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