By C N Hill
"A Vertical Empire" describes the paintings in rocketry and house learn performed within the united kingdom within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. At one time, the programme used to be as refined as these within the US and Russia. The initiatives have been cancelled one after the other as Britain's makes an attempt to take care of militarily with the 2 superpowers weakened, by reason of Treasury strain and the assumption that there has been no fiscal destiny in area know-how. a lot of the fabric during this booklet hasn't ever been to be had earlier than, due partially to the 30-Year Rule relating govt files, and in part to the delicate army nature of the paintings. The tasks coated contain rocket-propelled airplane, huge army missiles comparable to the medium diversity ballistic missile "Blue Streak", the try out rocket "Black Knight" and the re-entry experiments it carried, and the satellite tv for pc launcher "Black Arrow". additionally, proposed initiatives which can were constructed from those autos are coated extensive. there's additionally significant political research of why those tasks have been ultimately discontinued.