Reply to post: Space race

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

michael cadoux

Space race

We developed a technically superb aircraft that had no chance of paying its way, but closed down our successful space programme because Ministers couldn't see any prospect of commercial return, and that just a few years before Telstar. UK satellite Prospero still bleeps forlornly in orbit. Oh well, we're back in the space industry, but only after 40 years of lost opportunities and worldwide competition.

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