Black Arrow R4 launch vehicle, 1971.

Made:
1971 in East Cowes

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Black Arrow R4 rocket and X3 flight spare satellite, Science Museum, 2000. From a colour transparency in the Science
Science Museum Group Collection
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Black Arrow R4 rocket and X3 flight spare satellite, Science Museum, 2000. From a colour transparency in the Science
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Black Arrow R4 1972

This British Black Arrow R4 rocket would have launched the Miranda satellite in 1974. However, Black Arrow was cancelled, Miranda was launched by a US rocket and R4 was presented to the Science Museum.

Its predecessor, R3, made history on 28 October 1971 by being the first and, to date, only British rocket to launch a British satellite, which will continue to orbit Earth for the rest of this century.

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Details

Category:
Space Technology
Object Number:
1972-325 Pt4
type:
satellite launchers
credit:
Department of Trade & Industry
status:
Permanent collection

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