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Welcome to the home page of the history of the Skylark rocket

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 galaxies.

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!

                       New Forest Electronics Tel. +44 (0) 1425 650089                 Issue 3.111    17 July 2024