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Skynet 1B



Skynet 1B, a British military satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard 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 285 kg spacecraft was similar to Skynet 1 and was abandoned in transfer orbit (270 x 36058 km) due to a failure of the apogee kick motor.

Alternate Names

  • 04493
  • Skynet1B

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1970-08-19
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 285 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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