Britain In Space

There has never been a more exciting time for the British space industry.

'Britain In Space' documents Britiain's thriving space Industry and history

Many thanks to all the people and companies involved in the project so far:

Airborne Engineering
Airbus Defense and Space
Reaction Engines LTD
National Space Centre
Science Museum Archives
RAL Space
Starchaser Industries
SSTL (Surrey Satellites)
Goonhilly Earth Station
Mullard Space Science Laboratory

'Born to Engineer' Article here: Phil Guttridge, Head of Electronic Engineering at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, with a 2/3 Scale Mockup of Prospero, the only British satellite to have been launched aboard a British Rocket in 1971. Prospero is still in orbit, and still transmitting. A Rolls Royce RZ2, a liquid oxygen (LOX) / kerosene fuelled rocket engine designed to power the Blue Streak rocket. Part of the Science Museum archives, this model depicts an underground launch site for Blue Streak; Britains 1950s nuclear deterrent. The idea was too costly, impractical and was scrapped in favour of the V bombers. The Armstrong Siddeley, later Bristol Siddeley Gamma was a family of rocket engines used in British rocketry, including the Black Knight and Black Arrow launch vehicles. They burned kerosene fuel and hydrogen peroxide. Goonhilly Dish No. 3 (GHY-3). Big enough to drive a car through the central core. Goonhilly is a famous radio communication site located on Goonhilly Downs near Helston on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. Helen Sharman's Sokol KV2 spacesuit and launch 'couch' in celebration of the 25 year anniversary of Britain's first astronaut. In 1989 Sharman answered an advertisement she had heard on her car radio: “Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary.” Steve Bennett, owner of Starchaser Industries, a privately owned company based in the UK whose principal aim is to become a viable business in space tourism. Steve, washing the unlaunched Churchill MkIII holds the record for the largest UK rocket launch. Qinetiq. A worker inspects a T6-Ion thruster - a highly efficient low-thrust spacecraft propulsion system running on electrical power. These low powered systems use accelerated ions to create super efficient long term propulsion. Qinetiq - once part of the former UK government agency, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), is a British multinational defence technology company headquartered in Farnborough, Hampshire. This human centrifuge - with ready-pilot inside. RAL (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory). A worker stands before a huge thermal vacuum chamber. To ensure the correct and long term operation of instrumentation destined for space it is essential it is functionally tested in flight like conditions on earth. SABRE Engine Model, Reaction Engines Culham. SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) is a new engine class that can operate in both air-breathing and rocket modes. It is a concept under development by Reaction Engines Limited. Reaction Engines Precooler Heat Exchanger; the key enabling component in SABRE engines for Mach 5 cruise and aircraft-like access to space.⠀ Reaction Engine - B9 Facility Precooler module - given the affectionate name 'hot lips'. Reaction Engines, Preccoler Cryogenic test, Culham. Tested at REL's B9 facility with a Viper jet engine, a flight-weight pre-cooler ran for the full Skylon ascent duration of six to eight minutes, cooling the Viper's exhaust to cryogenic temperatures. Airborne Engineering. (AEL) Testing STOIC - a rocket nozzle with a novel design for REL's SABRE which allows operation in both air-breathing and rocket modes, as well as a smooth transition between the two. Airbus (formerly Astrium) recently launched this, the Astra 5B, a full scale communications satellite. These are the propellant tanks. ExoMars, Mars rover wheel detail, Airbus Wooden wiring mockup at Surrey Satellites (SSTL). Wooden mockups are an essential part of the wiring testing and approval pre production pipeline. Airbus - Satellite under construction Tim Peake, the UK's first official astronaut. Tim is slated to return to space, dates TBD.