Vertical Empire, a - The History of the (Paperback)

By C. N. Hill

World Scientific Publishing Company, 9781860942686, 253pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2001

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A Vertical Empire describes the work in rocketry and space research carried out in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s. At one time, the programme was as sophisticated as those in the US and Russia. The projects were cancelled one by one as Britain's attempts to keep up militarily with the two superpowers weakened, as a consequence of Treasury pressure and the belief that there was no economic future in space technology.