- Waxwing (Rocket motor)
Waxwing was a British
solid rocketmotor used for apogee kick as the 3rd (upper) stage of the Black Arrowsatellite launch vehicles.Waxwing was used to successfully place the Prospero X-3satellite into low Earth orbiton 28 October 1971, Britain's only satellite launch on an indigenously-developed launch vehicle.
Another use of Waxwing was to increase the velocity of test re-entry vehicles on Black Knight during tests for the
Blue Streak missile. cite web
title=Waxwing rocket motor
Design and development
Design was by the
Propellants, Explosives and Rocket Motor Establishment( PERME) and it was manufactured by Bristol Aerojet. The casing was spherical and the propellant grain used an internal star profile to control the initial burn rate.
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