1:4 scale model of X4 (Miranda) satellite

Made:
1974
maker:
Hawker Siddeley

Model, 1:4 scale, of the Miranda X4 satellite, on stand, unsigned, with bespoke varnished plywood portable storage-box, England, 1973-1974. The Miranda X4 satellite model and bespoke varnished plywood portable storage-box were constructed for the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), Farnborough, Hampshire, England.

The actual Miranda X4 satellite was originally designed to be launched from the Black Arrow rocket. However, the Black Arrow rocket programme was cancelled. Thus, in 1974, the Miranda X4 satellite was launched by a US Scout rocket instead. The British X Series satellites were technology demonstrators, used to investigate the outer space viability of materials and systems.

This model, 1:4 scale, of the Miranda X4 satellite, on stand, was constructed for the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), Farnborough, Hampshire, England, 1973-1974.

The actual Miranda X4 satellite was originally designed to be launched from the Black Arrow rocket. However, the Black Arrow rocket programme was cancelled. Thus, in 1974, the Miranda X4 satellite was launched by a US Scout rocket instead. The British X Series satellites were technology demonstrators, to investigate the outer space viability of materials and systems. The Black Arrow R4 rocket, a Scout mock-up and the X4 engineering model can all be seen in the Science Museum's Space gallery.

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Details

Category:
Space Technology
Object Number:
1974-621
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Royal Aircraft Establishment

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