Prospero

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Test Flight

Low Earth Orbit Launch Area 5B RAAF Woomera Range Complex

British scientific satellite used to demonstrate technologies needed for communication satellites.

Black Arrow

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Black Arrow was a British satellite carrier rocket. Developed during the 1960s, it was used for four launches between 1969 and 1971. Its final flight was the first and only successful orbital launch to be conducted by the United Kingdom, and placed the Prospero satellite into low Earth orbit.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    13.0 m
  • Diameter
    2.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    2.0 m
  • Launch Mass
    18 T
  • Thrust
    256 kN
Family
  • Name
    Black Arrow
  • Family
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Black Arrow
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    135 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Royal Aircraft Establishment

Royal Aircraft Establishment

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Founded: 1904 Successes: 1 Failures: 1 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Government

The Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) was a British research establishment, known by several different names during its history, that eventually came under the aegis of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), before finally losing its identity in mergers with other institutions.

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