back to article A Song of Iceland Fire: Scotland's Skyrora launches Skylark Micro rocket from volcanic viking outpost

Edinburgh-based Skyrora launched its two-stage Skylark Micro rocket from Iceland over the weekend. The Register spoke to business operations manager Derek Harris about the mission and what comes next. We spoke to Skyrora almost exactly a year ago as the company was exhibiting its Skylark Nano at the Bayes Centre during 2019's …

  1. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Pint

    30km?

    Kudos to the team for the demonstration.

    But I am reminded that Paris achieved the same height without any rocket motor at all :)

    Nonetheless, the team are probably ready for -->

  2. LucasNorth

    these guys will go bust long before they get a paying customer

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      They have named the rocket Skylark after Britain’s original Skylark sounding rocket?

      They have achieved 27km?

      The original Farnborough / Westcott Skylark was flying to 200km in 1957, and was developed to almost 600km with 200kg payload.

      There’s a way to go yet.

  3. RM Myers Silver badge
    Happy

    As for why the Micro wasn't launched in Scotland, Harris said

    Ah, ah

    We come from the land of the ice and snow

    From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow

    1. Marketing Hack Silver badge

      Re: As for why the Micro wasn't launched in Scotland, Harris said

      So I guess this test was Skyrora climbing the stairway to heaven?

      1. RM Myers Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: As for why the Micro wasn't launched in Scotland, Harris said

        I'm sorry, every time I see an article about Iceland, Immigrant Song just starts playing in my head. That is definitely in my top 5 favorite songs. But Stairway to Heaven is probably a more appropriate reference for an article about rockets. I gave you an upvote.

  4. HildyJ Silver badge
    Pint

    Baby steps, folks

    Any new rocket needs to start somewhere and take baby steps towards becoming operational. Just look at all the Starship (nee Starhopper) whose maximum altitude is still measured in meters and whose next test is for 20 km. And the Starship has all of SpaceX's experience behind it. Companies just starting out have to start from scratch.

    So raise a pint for the boffins involved. Or maybe a horn of mead, given the launch site.

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