STEM & Education
Inspiring the younger generation
We believe that it is not only important to do this but it is a privilege for us to engage and educate the next generation.
Skyrora frequently get involved where we can, we regularly engage with communities, schools and families promoting the future of space in the UK and encouraging our younger generation to be excited about what space can offer in the future, so they can be part of it should they wish.
SPACE SUSTAINABILITY ESSAY COMPETITION
On Wednesday the 7th of July, Skyrora will be hosting an anniversary event to mark the 50th year since the Black Arrow R3 rocket launched the Prospero satellite was launched into low Earth orbit.Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person capacity of the event will be limited.
The History of the UK’s Black Arrow Rocket Programme
Black Arrow ProgrammeWhat is Black Arrow? The Black Arrow programme is of immense technical and historical importance in the UK, having played a revolutionary role in placing the first UK-designed and manufactured artificial satellite into Earth’s orbit. Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, the rocketry programme developed from early UK-conducted space research and experimental programmes carried out by the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough. These experimental programmes involved design and construction projects in line with advances within the space industry; a series of various launch vehicles and rocket engines; and all associated ground-based test facilities and launch infrastructure in both the UK and in Woomera, Australia. The initial purpose of the Black Arrow programme was to investigate whether or not a rocket constructed using existing processes and technologies would be capable of launch satellites into space. Black Arrow Rocket Development The Black Arrow rocket instigated from a proposal by the RAE for a launch vehicle with the ability of launching a 144kg artificial satellite into low Earth orbit with the purpose of testing rocketry systems previously designed for larger spacecrafts. The Black Arrow programme was authorised in 1964, though was quickly put on hold due to government reduction in expenditure.
What is Satellite Remote Sensing? In this article we are going to explore what remote sensing is, how satellites obtain various data about the surface of our planet while being hundreds of kilometres away, and why is this technology so valuable in today’s changing world. Firstly, what does Remote Sensing mean? Throughout history, remote sensing has been defined in various ways.
Build Your Own Altimeter: Masterclass
The functions of an altimeter are relatively varied: whether that's to measure height when calculating wind speeds during weather balloon launch, or to control the release of the main parachute at a particular height above the ground during a rocket launch.