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Skynet 1



Skynet, a British military satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta rocket. It was placed in a geostationary orbit and was designed to provide secure voice, telegraph and fax links between UK military headquarters and ships and bases in the Middle and Far East. The 422 kg satellite was cylindrical in shape, 810 mm high and 1370 mm in diameter. It was spin stabilized with an despun antenna platform. It was believed to have operated for less than one year.

Alternate Names

  • 04250
  • Skynet1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1969-11-22
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 535 kg

Funding Agency

  • Ministry of Defence, UK (United Kingdom)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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