Black Arrow : The Lipstick Rocket – A Very British Space Program

This is the story of the Black Arrow, a uniquely British satellite launch system that could have helped Britain become a space fairing nation. But Whilst the Americans & Soviets threw billions of dollars & Rubels and the power of the state at the problem of space, the British after WW2 struggled with little money and resources. In 1971 Britain became the 6th country to develop an independent satellite launch system and before the launch was completed the only country to give up on it’s own system.


Symon Hamer, Florian Hesse, Georgi Dobrev, Pyloric, Seb Stoodley, Oscar Anderson, Peter Cote, Cody Belichesky, Mogoreanu Daniel, Douglas Gustafson, Marcus Chiado, Mitchell Payce, Skalgrin, Jorn Magnus Karlsen

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Presented By Paul Shillito
Written & Researched By Andy Munzer
Additional Material By Paul Shillito
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