Download PDF by C. N. Hill: A Vertical Empire: History of the British Rocketry Programme

By C. N. Hill

ISBN-10: 1848167954

ISBN-13: 9781848167957

ISBN-10: 1848167962

ISBN-13: 9781848167964

A Vertical Empire offers an outline of the British rocketry and area programme from the Nineteen Fifties to Nineteen Seventies, detailing the Medium variety Ballistic Missile Blue Streak and its conversion to a satellite tv for pc launcher as a part of the eu Launcher improvement agency (ELDO). This commonly revised moment variation contains fabric in basic terms made to be had long ago ten years and the textual content is supplemented via a variety of photos, sketches and records. The all-British satellite tv for pc Black Arrow is defined, in addition to the study rocket Black Knight, the Blue metal missile and the rocket powered interceptor plane.

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Initial thoughts were for an attitude control and station-keeping capability. Another possibility emerged as a requirement for a high energy upper stage for the Black Arrow launcher, utilising the spiral orbit-raising principle from an initial low altitude parking orbit. Interestingly, at that time ELDO was also considering the augmentation of the payload capability of its launch vehicle by the same means. 5 kV was Figure 20. I. of close to at the RAE. 3,000 s. 10 10 mN thrust might be adequate for attitude control, but not for orbital adjustment.

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