Rocketplanes and the X-15

THIS IS A PAST EVENT – HYPERLINKS AND FORMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED

Speaker: David Baker

Date: 12 May 2016
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

Today, the US Air Force is routinely flying a winged research vehicle in and out of space – the X-37B. Yet long before the Space Age dawned, rocket-powered aeroplanes were seen  as a means to depart Earth’s atmosphere and place humans in orbit. This talk will explore the fascinating story of how early plans for spaceplanes in the US Air Force X-series inspired ambitious designs and bold initiatives carrying flight through the sound barrier in 1947 and into the heat barrier during the 1960s. It is a story replete with technical advances which would underpin new generations of high-performance aircraft but in this talk we will focus on the challenges posed by the space frontier and on achievements which encouraged development of projects such as Dyna-Soar, approved in 1956 but cancelled in 1963.

We will examine how the X-1 series and the X-15 pioneered ways to fly spacecraft outside the atmosphere and look at the technology which made space flight possible and at the pilots selected to push aviation beyond the atmosphere – including the first man to walk on the Moon – as pioneers in what may yet be the most enduring way for humans to routinely fly between the surface of the Earth and destinations in space. The talk will provide an opportunity to purchase two books recently published by David – the Rocket Planes bookazine and the Haynes manual on the X-15 – with all proceeds going to the BIS.

If you are a BIS Member or Fellow, you can make your free booking below. If you are not a Member or Fellow of the BIS, you can book for £10.00 via the Online Booking Form.

THIS IS A PAST EVENT – HYPERLINKS AND FORMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED
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