Black Knight Rocket

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th April 1959.

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Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian 12:00 am, 13th April 1959

asked the Minister of Supply if he will make a statement regarding the trial at Woomera of the rocket Black Knight.

Photo of Mr Aubrey Jones Mr Aubrey Jones , Birmingham, Hall Green

Black Knight is a test vehicle designed for various aspects of high altitude research, including the problem of re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. A programme of firings over the next two or three years is planned, depending on the progress made. Two firings have so far taken place; both have been successful, the heights reached being respectively 300 and 350 miles.

Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian

Are we to conclude from that reply that the Woomera Range is proving very satisfactory for this type of test?

Photo of Mr Aubrey Jones Mr Aubrey Jones , Birmingham, Hall Green

I would say that that is an understatement. Woomera is a most excellent range.