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Launch Vehicle - Black Arrow
The following are the start of some abstract notes on Black Arrow. Feel
free to peruse.
- End 1963 - Harold Robinson and colleagues publish draft project study which
described how Black Knight could be developed into an economical
system capable of placing 90Kg into LEO.
- ........ - Saunders-Roc (a division of Westland Aircraft) in conjunction
with Bristol Siddeley Engines contributed a detailed proposal of
a 3 stage rocket. The 1st and 2nd stages would be enlarged
versions of Black Knight powered by newer more powerful versions
of the HTP-Kerosene Gamma Engine. The Upper Stage (3) would use
a solid fuel motor to which the satellite would be attached.
- ........ - 1st stage (height) 5.9M, 2M diam taper to 1.37M at 2nd stage, height 3.55m.
- ........ - Total Height 13m, Launch Weigght 18.1 tons
- ........ - first stage Gamma-8
- ........ - second stage Gamma-2
- ........ - third stage spin stabilized diam 0.71M diam, height 1.3M, 0.5ton weight - waxwing motor
- Sep 1964 - Australia is informed of decision to go ahead with Black Arrow.
- Jan 1965 - Seed funding provided by British Government to allow project
to continue at a 'minimal' level.
- Dec 1966 - Black Arrow officially given the 'go ahead' as part of Britains
National Space Effort. Possibly driven by French Satellite
placed into orbit on indigenous diamant rocket the previous
- Jun 1967 - Cost of 3 development firings projected as $1,327,000 approved
- May 1968 - New Impact Zones approved - Black Arrow was a polar launch
vehicle and as such did not follow the normal range trajectory.
- ........ - Black Arrow based on engineering design of Black Knight.
|Stage 1||T+0||Gamma-8||218KN(251 KN)||125 s|
|Stage 2||T+??||Gamma-2||69KN||120 s|
|Stage 3||T+??||Waxwing||27KN||40 s|