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Prospero 1



Prospero was a British scientific satellite launched from the Woomera site in Australia aboard a Black Arrow rocket. It was used to test equipment for future satellites and to conduct a scientific experiment to measure the incidence of micrometeoroids. It had an external shape similar to a pumpkin, with an equatorial diameter of 1.2 m and a height of 0.7 m. Its anticipated life was 100 years. This launch made the United Kingdom the sixth nation to put a satellite into orbit on its own rocket.

Alternate Names

  • 05580
  • Black Arrow
  • Prospero1
  • X-3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1971-10-28
Launch Vehicle: Black Arrow
Launch Site: Woomera, Australia
Mass: 65.77 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United Kingdom)


  • Communications
  • Space Physics
  • Engineering

Additional Information

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

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