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BLACK ARROW, British rockets story
« on: 12/26/2013 03:09 pm »
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Once We Had A Rocket -Part 1 - In 1971, Britain launched the rocket Black Arrow which placed the only British launched satellite into orbit. The men who designed, built and tested the rocket tell the story of Britain's space race.



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Encyclopedia Astronautica INFO:  Black Arrow Chronology
1969 June 27 - . GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA5B. Launch Vehicle: Black Arrow. LV Configuration: Black Arrow-BA0 R-0. FAILURE: Control lost after 50 sec. Destroyed by range safety.. Failed Stage: 1.
 - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi). Summary: Suborbital research and development flight.
1970 March 3 - . GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA5B. Launch Vehicle: Black Arrow. LV Configuration: Black Arrow-BA0 R-1.
 - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 550 km (340 mi). Summary: Successful suborbital research and development flight.
1970 September 2 - . GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA5B. Launch Vehicle: Black Arrow. LV Configuration: Black Arrow R-2. FAILURE: Second stage shut down 13 seconds early.. Failed Stage: 2.
Orba - . Payload: X 2. Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Class: Earth. Type: Micrometeoroid satellite.  Decay Date: 1970-09-02 . COSPAR: F700902A. Apogee: 550 km (340 mi). Summary: Unsuccessful attempt to orbit a satellite..

1971 October 28 - . GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA5B. Launch Vehicle: Black Arrow. LV Configuration: Black Arrow R-3.
Prospero - . Payload: X 3. Mass: 66 kg (145 lb). Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Class: Earth. Type: Micrometeoroid satellite. Spacecraft: Prospero. USAF Sat Cat: 5580 . COSPAR: 1971-093A. Apogee: 1,403 km (871 mi). Perigee: 531 km (329 mi). Inclination: 82.0000 deg. Period: 104.40 min. Summary: To test in space equipment for future satellites and to conduct a scientific experiment to measure the incidence of micro-meteoroids. Launch time 0409 GMT, injection point 13.7 deg S, 137.9 deg E. Anticipated life 100 years. .

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Re: BLACK ARROW, British rockets story
« Reply #1 on: 12/26/2013 03:13 pm »
BLACK ARROW, British rockets story, Part 2
Lots of interesting info in this video.   Make sure you watch the launch.

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Re: BLACK ARROW, British rockets story
« Reply #2 on: 12/26/2013 03:17 pm »
BLACK ARROW, British rockets story, Part 3

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 Highdown rocket test site ( the building of ) 1956 - constructing high down rocket test site in old film. plus the  black knight rocket test footage & more. they moved over 10,000 tons of chalk to build this and it was all dumped over the cliff edge

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Re: BLACK ARROW, British rockets story
« Reply #3 on: 12/26/2013 03:44 pm »
Prospero neither as a satellite nor mock-up was carried on the R2/third Black Arrow.   It flew on R3/fourth Black Arrow.

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Re: BLACK ARROW, British rockets story
« Reply #4 on: 12/28/2013 04:53 pm »
needles new battery - highdown - rocket test site - a short film - 2009

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"perched near the needles , the highdown rocket test site & interviews with 5 of the men that worked there. when i visited this site all i could think of is what a magnificent view you had if you used to work here."
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