Are you the author of the book？And will your book contains much new information of HOTOL and Skylon ？newsdeskdan said:Thanks... I think. I've covered a couple of the competing projects too though. English Electric and BAC get seven out of nine chapters. HSA, Bristol Siddeley, Junkers, Bolkow, ERNO, Nord, SNECMA and Dassault get a chapter and contemporary American stuff gets one too.Hood said:Sounds very interesting the fact they've managed to make a book about one project is an achievement.
As America and Russia stepped up their efforts during the early 1960s to design ever faster bombers and put men and equipment into space, Britain quietly set to work devising its own hypersonic aircraft and manned space vehicles. British Secret Projects 5: Britain’s Space Shuttles tells the story of how, from 1963 to 1966, English Electric/BAC’s Preston works secretly led the world in re-useable spacecraft design. A huge variety of designs formed the P.42 project and the end result was the ‘Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device’ (MUSTARD), which pre-dated the Space Shuttle programme by six years. Based on unique access to the original project drawings, photographs, archives and interviews with surviving members of the design team, British Secret Projects No. 7: Britain’s Space Shuttles offers a unique insight into this hitherto little-known chapter in the secret history of UK space science.
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Wilf Hardy's 1978 Look and Learn painting of Mustard is rather spectacular. I licensed it for use in Britain's Space Shuttle some time ago but whether we will have room to squeeze it in somewhere is another matter.AlanDavies said:I'm really looking forward to this, I remember the picture of MUSTARD by Wilf Hardy in Look and Learn many years ago, I used to have a copy of "An economic approach to space transportation" the paper by Tom Smith either in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society or the Royal Aeronautical Society magazine from 1966 I see that this is available on PDF on the Internet but they are asking for £20 to view it I hope I can find my paper copy!
Yes, Space Voyager editor Wendy Graham's Tom Smith interview still makes interesting reading. It was quoted extensively in his obituary in the Telegraph.AlanDavies said:Thank you for the recommendation of the other discussion paper, I will have to look out for a copy. Your book is already on my Christmas list! I think the last article I read on MUSTARD was in Space Voyager magazine many years ago (one of the other articles in the magazine was whether to buy a Commodore 64, Spectrum or BBC Micro!)
You're not missing much Chris. No one's mentioned it yet, but having the satellite vehicle positioned directly in front of that single central tail fin's probably not the best idea in the world...CJGibson said:Ah, that won't work where I'm bobbing about, probably blocked.
*Only* 132 entries... Seems a bit light on the content <insert irony emoji>...newsdeskdan said:Here's a list of the designs you can expect to find in British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle - at least the ones that dimensions were available for
Yes, sadly it wasn't possible to find accurate dimensions for absolutely everything that's featured in the book.Abraham Gubler said:*Only* 132 entries... Seems a bit light on the content <insert irony emoji>...newsdeskdan said:Here's a list of the designs you can expect to find in British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle - at least the ones that dimensions were available for
Ordered from Crecy today and hoping the package finds a high speed mail plane to Australia.
Thanks - I hope I've done the subject matter justice.AlanDavies said:I received my copy of the book from Crecy today. I have to say that the book is absolutely fantastic with tons of new information and some great General Arrangement drawings, superb pictures by Daniel Uhr and I think Luca Landini. I have been fascinated by this project for many years and have had to content myself with a small number of articles collected over the years but now have this book that has more information than I thought could have possibly survived over the years. I hadn't realised that there so many versions of Mustard let alone all the other Aerospace Transporters studied by BAC.
Hope Dan Sharp is proud of his book, he ought to be!
Twitter:Tim Robinson @RAeSTimR said:Fascinating looking book turned up for review: British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttles #avgeek