HC Deb 21 May 1969 vol 784 c410
7. Mr. Marten

asked the Minister of Technology if he will make a statement about the Black Arrow programme.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

The Black Arrow programme is essentially a programme of research and development on satellite technology. The first test firing of the launcher is planned for June of this year, and the first utilisation satellite is planned for launch in 1971.

Mr. Marten

What is now the Government's end purpose for this programme?

Mr. Mallalieu

The end purpose is to take part in space activities and work on satellites which are likely to be profitable.