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R-2 Instrument Package

R-2 Instrument Package
(between Orba (sphere) and
upper stage)

The R-2 Instrument Package was a set of instruments to record the dynamic flight characteristics of the Black Arrow launch vehicle during the maiden launch. The main payload was the Orba (X 2) atmospheric density satellite.

Both payloads were lost, when the Black Arrow failed to reach orbit.

Nation: U.K.
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
Contractors: Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
Configuration: Cylinder
Power: Batteries
Orbit: 350 km 1000 km, 82 (planned)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
R-2 Instrument Package 1970-F07 02.09.1970 Wo LA-5B F Black Arrow with Orba (X 2)