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Black Arrow-3


Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 397/87 kg. Thrust 29.40 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 278 seconds.

Cost $ : 1.000 million.

Status: Retired 1971.
Gross mass: 397 kg (875 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 87 kg (191 lb).
Height: 1.22 m (4.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.69 m (2.26 ft).
Span: 0.69 m (2.26 ft).
Thrust: 29.40 kN (6,609 lbf).
Specific impulse: 278 s.
Specific impulse sea level: 245 s.
Burn time: 28 s.
Number: 4 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • Black Arrow-3 British solid rocket engine. 29.4 kN. Out of production. Isp=278s. Used on Black Arrow launch vehicle. First flight 1969. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Black Arrow British orbital launch vehicle. Britain's only indigenous launch vehicle. Following cancellation of the project in July 1971, one final launch was permitted, which successfully placed the Prospero satellite in orbit. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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