Welcome to the home page of the history of the
These days, few have heard of the Skylark
sounding rocket. Yet in November 1957, it was the first British rocket to
reach space, and became the basis of the country's first space programme.
Over the next 48 years hundreds were fired
from Australia and around the world, launching into space thousands of
instruments that made pioneering observations of the Earth, Sun, stars and
When completed, this website will chart the
full history of the Skylark rocket, a fascinating story of the birth of
British space science and space technology, a tale that started at the at
the end of WWII and lasted until 2005.
This site is still under construction, in the
meantime the author's book of the same name is now available,
please click here!