A news piece written for The Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine
on the occasion of the 441st and last flight of a Skylark rocket.
space engineering history is not well known even in the UK.
Skylark is our most numerous, most sucessful space vehicle.
It started as a low cost test rocket for the Blue Streak
ballistic missile programme in the mid fifties, but went on to be a
workhorse suborbital sounding rocket for fifty years.