Model, 1:4 scale, of the Miranda X4 satellite, on stand

Made:
1974

Model, 1:4 scale, of the Miranda X4 satellite, on stand, by Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Company Limited, England, 1973-1974. The Miranda X4 satellite model was 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.

The model, 1:4 scale, of the Miranda X4 satellite, on stand, was constructed by Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Company Limited, England, 1973-1974. Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Company Limited constructed the Miranda X4 satellite model 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, 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.

Details

Category:
Space Technology
Object Number:
1974-621/1
Materials:
aluminium alloy, chromium plated, plastic (unidentified) and steel (metal)
type:
satellite
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Royal Aircraft Establishment