Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Black Arrow Rocket: A History of a Satellite Launch Vehicle and Its Engines Paperback – 14 Nov 2001

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£81.30 £35.94
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Science Museum (14 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900747413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900747417
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 20.8 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Synopsis

Black Arrow R4 is Britain's only surviving satellite launch vehicle. In 1971, its predecessor, R3, carried out the only launch of a spacecraft by a British vehicle. This book draws on the Science Museum's unique collection of rocket engines and vehicles to tell Black Arrow's story. It traces the evolution of engines from those that boosted German aircraft in the 1930s and 1940s to the Gammas of the Black Knight ballistic research vehicle, from which Black Arrow originated. It relates this technological history to the political climate at the time, both in Britain and abroad, and also to the activities of government research establishments and industry. In doing so, the book outlines how and why Black Arrow was created and later allowed to die. This book will be of interest both to those who wish to know more of the forces that drive space exploration and to those who are interested in Britain's political, military and technological aspirations during the Cold War.


Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an excellent outline to both the history and technology of the British rocket and satellite launcher program of the 50's and 60's. The book is homage to the Black Arrow satellite launcher but also covers unfulfilled concepts for larger launchers. It contains an interesting chronography and description of British rocket engines as well as many illustrations and pictures. The book also includes a brief (and painstakingly even-handed) analysis of the political mismanagement that beset the whole of the British launcher programme. I expect that you will, like me, come away feeling frustrated and saddened regarding how this brilliant and successful avenue of British technology was consigned to the scrap heap. The book is a small yet well presented item and well worth the money. (A bit like Black Arrow itself really!)
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A short but concise history of the 'Black Arrow' - Britains Satellite Launch Vehecle. The book isn't long but is packed with all the pertinent detail & decent illustrations outlining what was done and how it was done. Overall, a good reference book but a longer filled out version is begging to be written!
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's only a small book but as there is very little information about the British rocket programme in general circulation it's a goldmine of interesting facts.

The history of the Black Arrow engine development, which stretches back to pre-war Germany, is a fascinating and rarely told story. The political reasons for the development of this small satellite launcher and its subsequent abandonment are well described without being boring.

It's a short but great read for those interested in this type of technology.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found this easy to read and well broken up into suitable sections. I only saw a brief documentary on this project and I thought it would be interesting to find out more, it's not that technical but it does have some good detail and excellent pictures/photos in colour.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought for a friend studying this. The price reflected that it seemed to be an old museum publication. Niceley presented, good quality, colour pics.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback