What is it about the Brits and raining on their own parade? Within hours of the news that Britain’s first rocket launch into orbit from Spaceport Cornwall had failed, out came the arm-chair sceptics suggesting the region should stick to pasties and ice-cream rather than rockets. Others claimed we are too late for the space race, that we don’t have the firepower or the know-how or the military complex to compete with the US, Russian or Chinese space programmes and that we would be better off focusing on areas we know best, like AI and life sciences.