A perfect illustration of what can happen

  Forum Editor 17:11 25 Sep 2010

when government funding is withdrawn from a scientific project is outlined if you click here

British know how developed a special and powerful radar instrument that delivers unique interferogram images showing how earthquakes distort the earth's surface. It has been incredibly successful, but the original spacecraft that carried it needs replacing, and a series of new missions are to be launched. These will need new radar instruments, but our government withdrew funding, so the contracts for the first of the new spacecraft have gone to German and Italian companies.

Contracts for the successive craft in the series will be worth hundreds of millions of euros, and will all go to Germany and Italy.

It's an interesting glimpse into what can happen when you start budget cutting.

  peter99co 17:30 25 Sep 2010

click here

A good example of how it works.

  peter99co 17:33 25 Sep 2010

Sorry FE missed your link completely.

  spuds 20:08 25 Sep 2010

There was a program on television recently about how the British invented great things for mankind. Most of these items have been lost to other countries developers.

Many great names have long since gone, even those still in existence have a death wish on them.

It makes you proud to be European :O((

  Paddylad 23:12 26 Sep 2010

They were not lost to other countries, they were sold by Labour governments in their quest for cash to fritter away on stupid political "needs".

  Forum Editor 23:25 26 Sep 2010

That's a sweeping and substantially inaccurate statement. By all means try to justify it, but I suspect you cannot.

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