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THE BLACK ARROW

1236 parts


The Black Arrow was a british satellite launcher developed in the 1960's, and flew four times between 1969 and 1971, all launches from the Woomera rocket range, in Australia
Its final flight was the only one to succeed, and placed the satellite Prospero into low earth orbit.
It is the only rocket to fly after being canceled.

The Black Arrow had 3 stages, with the first and second being fueled by RP-1 paraffin and High Test Peroxide, giving it a distinctive clear plume. The third stage, Waxwing, was a small solid rocket motor used to give the payload a small push to orbit.


Notes

  • The first stage uses a custom single-axis gimbal, which can go a bit crazy when timewarping. Be careful!
  • The fairings are cargo bays, and look very shadowy on their insides. For screenshots, i'd recommend turning part shadows off temporarily so you can see their interior.
  • The plumes are transparent. This is the closest i could get to the real thing without spending a long time finessing with the parameters of the plume. Its not good, but its good enough.
  • Prospero satellite is not included.

GENERAL INFO

  • Created On: Windows
  • Game Version: 0.9.918.1
  • Price: $3,231k
  • Number of Parts: 1236
  • Dimensions: 13 m x 2 m x 2 m

PERFORMANCE

  • Total Delta V: 4.0km/s
  • Total Thrust: 947kN
  • Engines: 23
  • Wet Mass: 56,236kg
  • Dry Mass: 17,437kg

STAGES

Stage Engines Delta V Thrust Burn Mass
1 8 1.9km/s 782kN 1.6m 56,236kg
2 8 1.9km/s 134kN 2.8m 14,875kg
6 6 1m/s 2kN 10s 11,731kg
8 1 160m/s 29kN 10s 1,844kg

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