Black Arrow R4 rocket and X3 flight spare satellite, Science Museum, 2000.

Image number: 10320807

Black Arrow R4 rocket and X3 flight spare satellite, Science Museum, 2000.

Britain developed the Black Arrow as its national satellite launcher. It is based on the small Black Knight research rocket and is a 3-stage vehicle 13.1m tall. The first 2 stages are liquid fuelled, with the final stage using a single solid rocket motor. Although the first test in June 1969 failed the second test in March 1970 was successful. A satellite was launched in September 1970 but in July 1971 the programme was cancelled.

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10320807
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
13 January 2004 09:48
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Science Museum
 

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