back to article UK takes a step closer to domestic launches as Skyrora fires up Skylark-L

Blighty is preparing for take-off as Edinburgh-based rocket-botherer Skyrora test-fired its Skylark-L rocket from a location in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Those hoping to send a satellite to orbit from UK soil might have a while to wait, however. The Skylark-L is only capable of flinging a 60kg payload 100km up. The …

  1. Paul Herber Silver badge


    Skylark of Space

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: Skylark

      If only "Ecosene" was the "unknown metal 'X'"

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "look basic compared to the NASA facilities"

    Well, if you don't need to spend money on making it look nice...

  3. Headley_Grange Silver badge

    All aboard.....

    ......the Skylark.

    1. M7S

      Re: All aboard.....

      That was my first thought, howevew when putting that into the "tube of you" the first listing is very different

      Perhaps the cover shows the boffins have more ambition than we may have credited them with

  4. The Pi Man

    Top Gear?

    I’m sure Top Gear did this more recently then 50 years ago? 2008ish? Admittedly it was a failure. A momentous, spectacular failure...

    1. Spherical Cow

      Re: Top Gear?

      Am I the only person to suspect that everything went exactly to plan? The "failure" was deliberate and the spectacular and amusing RUD was intended (so I'd better call it a RSD instead).

      1. The Pi Man

        Re: Top Gear?

        They definitely knew that the final separation wasn’t going to work before launch. Not sure whether it was by design or because they ran out of time / money.

  5. steamnut

    Good old British ingenuity...

    Looking at the "rig" it is good to see the collection of orange ratchet straps in use. I'm wondering if space qualified versions are available and at what cost?

  6. Paul Crawford Silver badge

    To be fair, I'm sure high-test peroxide is quite a good anti-viral agent

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Shh, the orange one will start promoting it for use against Covefe Covid-19

  7. PerlyKing

    Rocket names

    Is it these Union Jack shades I'm wearing, or are British rocket names so much better than the rest? ;-)

  8. JCitizen

    Good to see..

    I'm surprised to see this launch test story so soon after the article about the abandoned Blue Streak (or was it Black Arrow?)UK launch test center! I wonder why they couldn't just us that old facility. It already had the proper flame containment and everything. Or is this a strictly nationalistic move? I don't know that much about UK rivalries, so forgive me for my ignorance.

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