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No. 19

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FOR PRESS

BLACK ARRO':I LAUPNCHING PLANED FOR NOON RA

(Statement by the Minister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson)

The first developmental firing of the Black Arrow

satellite—launching vehicle is scheduled to take place at

'EY r oomera towards the end of June 1969.

The 'Minister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson, said

this in Canberra. today (April 30).

Black Arrow is a three—stage vehicle designed and built

in Britain. The first stage is based on the Black Knight research

rocket which had 22 successful launchings at T'1oomera in the

period 1958-65.

The vehicle is being developed for the launching of

scientific satellites of up to 300lb., into orbits at an altitude

of about 300 miles.

The first vehicle is expected to arrive in Adelaide by

sea early in May and will be taken direct to 1'Toomera for final

preparation.

Senator Anderson said: "This first firing is intended

to demonstrate that the rocket performs satisfactorily; no attempt

will be made to place a satellite into orbit on this occasion.

"For the first firing the first and second stages will be

propulsive, while the third stage (carrying a satellite test

payload) will be non—propulsive.

"The launching will be in a north—west direction, the

third stage impacting about 2000 miles from 1oomera in the Indian

Ocean.

"The project's scheduled development programme comprises

two more firings within a year in which experimental satellites will

be injected into orbit."

CANBERRA, APRIL 30, 1969