1970 to 1971

Test flights of Britain’s independently-developed Black Arrow satellite launcher take place at Woomera. Black Arrow uses the northern flight corridor and the protective fairings around its satellite payload impact in the NT.

Black Arrow R3 launches the British Prospero satellite on 28 October 1971. It is only the second satellite (to date) to be launched from Woomera.

Britain cancelled the Black Arrow project after Prospero and gave up its own launch capability.

Last updated: 18 November 2019

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