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Aerospace Bristol is a new industrial heritage museum and learning centre being developed at Filton, to the north of Bristol. It will tell the story of the region's world-class aerospace industry - past, present and future. The Aerospace Bristol project is being run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.

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Last Skylark Launch

Bristol Aero Collection

The last ever launch of a Skylark sounding rocket took place on Monday 3rd May 2005, in Sweden. The Bristol Aero Collection contains a complete Skylark rocket, including a 'Raven' booster, built by Bristol Aerojet (BAJ). This final launch was the 441st mission, the first Skylark launch was in Australia in 1957. Over the years it has been used to perform a huge range of experiments in space, allowing several minutes of zero gravity at its apogee, which could be over 600 miles (1000 km) above the Earth, depending on the weight of its payload. Visitors to the Bristol Aero Collection this summer can see a Skylark 12 rocket on display, complete with its Bristol-built motor. Also on display are a Goldfinch first stage motor and heat-damaged fins recovered after a Skylark launch in Sweden.