Larch rocket engine chamber, c 1970.

Larch rocket engine chamber, c 1970.

Richardson, Claire

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The Larch was an up-rated Gamma engine intended for Britain's Black Arrow mark 2 satellite launch vehicle. It burned kerosene fuel in hydrogen peroxide at a greatly increased combustion chamber presure. Development stopped when the entire Black Arrow programme was cancelled in 1971.
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