Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml en-gb 30 Sat 23 Aug 2014 03:23:55 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml callisto http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml?page=83#comment5 And yet, despite all this doom and gloom from past mistakes (I agree with them all, in fact, and don't forget to mention that today's Ariane family borrows a great deal from the UK Blue Streak - another past Government success), the UK space effort remains at the forefront of global efforts. We have talked about Reaction Engines' Skylon recently, but many other British entities (Rutherford Appleton, Clyde Space, and the associated Universities to name a few) still box above their weight and keep the UK in the Spacefarers Club. The benefits of internal investment are writ large, but HMG have very poor eyesight and spend their time looking through Astrium-coloured spectacles. Sat 02 Oct 2010 01:04:19 GMT+1 TheyCallMeTheWonderer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml?page=66#comment4 Apologies Stephen, it seems you are quite right. To be perfectly honest I dont know much about the project and was rather cynically using hastily mined information to support my point. Lesson learned. Shame on me.However, this would seem to strengthen my argument that the accomplishments of our great Engineers were once again swept under the carpet by our inept politicians. Fri 01 Oct 2010 08:27:12 GMT+1 Stephen Ashworth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml?page=50#comment3 TheyCallMeTheWonderer: the TSR2 aircraft not only did get off paper, but was tested up to Mach 1.2:"Over a period of six months many test flights were conducted. Most of the complex electronics were not fitted to the first prototype, so these flights were all concerned with the basic flying qualities of the aircraft which, according to the test pilots involved, were outstanding."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAC_TSR-2StephenOxford Thu 30 Sep 2010 19:44:48 GMT+1 Mike Mullen http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml?page=33#comment2 The solution obvious, they should change their name Surrey Satellite Technology BANK. Then they would get all the public money they could ever want. Wed 29 Sep 2010 22:50:14 GMT+1 TheyCallMeTheWonderer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml?page=16#comment1 I would love to see the government support these kind of projects, but looking at our country's historical precident it is unlikely. We have always produced great scientists and engineers but our politicians are less accomplished.Look, for example, at Frank Whittle's jet engine. He patented the idea in 1930 but the government uttely failed to see the value of the concept until late in the second world war. Had the idea been developed earlier the RAF would have been leagues ahead of the Lutfwaffe and the war may have been very different.The Black Arrow project of the 1960s brought Britain into the space age, only for the politicians to drop the project and kick us back out of it. We remain to this day the only nation to develop and then abandon a space launch capability!The TSR2 aircraft never even got off paper!Short sightedness is our problem. No one is prepared to look beyond what we need now, what will make a quick buck or satisfy some short term desire.There will be no great return on investments in space simply because there will be no great investments in space. Wed 29 Sep 2010 13:35:45 GMT+1 Andy Fry http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/09/how-public-investments-in-spac.shtml?page=0#comment0 The three things that are really needed to ensure that public sector investment works are a vision, a budget and strong advocates within Whitehall Added to which a dash of passion and enthusiasm and the results can be clearly seen as with the legacy of MOSAIC. Tue 28 Sep 2010 13:13:03 GMT+1