There truly is no boundary this based god cannot walk across
We're not doing rockets, it's not practically feasible to launch rockets from this latitude except for very specific orbits. Anything we need to launch into space we get it done by France, India or Russia.
Instead of wasting money on rockets, the government is getting behind the Skylon spaceplane. It may work it may not, but it's better than rockets and reusable
We're too far from the equator. It requires more energy to launch from Britain than it does from somewhere near the equator, because the Earth bulges at the equator.
That's why the Russians mostly use Kazakhstan, the French use their South American territory, and the USA uses Florida or southerly places
I think a more northern launch would only be useful for polar orbits.
So, you can laugh at us as much as you like for not launching vertical rockets, but there's really no point in us building them. We are instead going to build a British spaceport for spaceplanes, like Skylon and Virgin Galactic, which can actually be launched from the UK thus contributing to our domestic space industry
We have some islands near the equator but they're very small and not really suitable, or they're already used by the military. Developing our own rockets for use on someone else's launchpad wouldn't work, because why would they use ours instead of theirs?
And it's not as simple as "develop a more powerful rocket", the land at the equator moves around 500km/h faster than land at the poles, which is a huge difference when the rocket is launched, and if you think about it commercially it's so much more cost effective for equator launches
The British thing to do in these circumstances is innovate, develop new technology which works better despite our natural limitations, and then compete with the rest. This is what we are doing rather than following the pack
In the late 50s the British government kind of gave up on space, we were crippled by debts and the cost of winding down the empire was enormous. The government had to stop all sorts of ambitious things, which was a shame. But that was the reality of our situation - we just couldn't afford it.
Nowadays we can afford to invest in space again. Plus today the technology exists which allows the development of spaceplanes. We didn't have this in the 1950s.
do you think ESA would choose a portuguese to a german, french, UK, italian? its a shame really. nothing we can do about it.
I did read an article that a portuguese scientist had applied for nasa for a commercial astronaut position or whatever the term was
thats how europe works, stronger countries profit, weaker fight to stay afloat. They also contribute more to the ESA's budget so thats ok,
Half the flags on the ESA thingy are just a formality
>they've only proven the concept works
They've proven their cooling system works. Which is great.
But even the gliders and super/hyper sonic that the US and USSR built with their finest engineers proved to be astoundingly difficult and expensive to build.
Skylon will be even more complicated than those and so far they have produced no sensible financial plan.
Their minimum figure to just break even was $12 billion dollars and that's after they begin production and deliveries.
Also their plan is to lease the aircraft, not sell it. Which is fucking bizarre.
RE is a very weird company.
They absolutely refuse to partner up with American or other European aerospace firms, they share very little information about their technology, etc
They remind me of Robert Goddards private endeavours.
I like the current ESA system.
The director of our national aerospace agency became the ESA director last year and this almost guarantees the flight of this guy to the moon.
>RE is a very weird company.
>They absolutely refuse to partner up with American or other European aerospace firms, they share very little information about their technology, etc
So? The USA does exactly the same thing, with the F-22 fighter for example. You are being very hypocritical.
To be more specific, the company that makes the F-22 is Lockheed Martin. Despite being a "very weird company" according to you because they don't sell one of their products or share information, they are a very successful company