Britain In Space
Space Industry & history 1950 – Present
“The US and Russia may get all the glory, but Britain is no slouch at space—something Docubyte has made something of a personal mission to document. The project takes you into the country’s aerospace laboratories, satellite companies, and museums to reveal a thriving industry he’s quite proud of. “I’m absolutely driven to make a series of work that talks about how strong and plucky we are as a space industry,” says the photographer, who goes by the pseudonym Docubyte.
Plucky, but small. Britain started developing satellites in the 1960s, but always relied upon NASA and the European Space Agency to launch them. The first Briton in space, chemist Helen Sharman, hitched a ride to the Mir space station aboard the Soviet Soyuz TM-12 in 1991. The government created the United Kingdom Space Agency not quite seven years ago to bolster its efforts in space and create jobs. Today, Britain enjoys a $17-billion industry that includes satellite companies and commercial space programs.”
Charley Locke, Wired