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Black Knight and Blue Streak

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 18th March 1968

asked the Minister of Technology what estimate he has made of the cost and time scale of mounting Black Knight on top of Blue Streak to give Great Britain a national satellite launching capability.

Mr. Stonehonse:

Studies carried out at the R.A.E. indicate that a simple combination of these two vehicles could not put a satellite into geostationary orbit.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Is the Minister aware that I think industry would take a different view of the matter? Has the Royal Aircraft Establishment consulted industry about this? Will he indicate that this can be done?

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

The Royal Aircraft Establishment is in very close touch with the Departments concerned. I see no reason why we should dispute the result of the work which the R.A.E. has done in this matter.