Black Arrow R4, 1972, shown with an Ariel
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Black Arrow R4, 1972, shown with an Ariel

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Black Arrow R4, 1972, shown with an Ariel satellite. Britain developed the Black Arrow as its national satellite launcher. Based on the small Black Knight research rocket, it was a three-stage vehicle 13.1m tall. The first two stages were liquid fuelled and the final stage used a single solid rocket motor. The first test in June 1969 failed. The second test in March 1970 was succesful, and cleared the way for a satellite to be launched in September 1970. In July 1971 the programme was cancelled but the remaining rocket was fired in October 1971,
 

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