image ariel satellite_2a
Image number: RS.18291
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Ariel 1 model



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height (base): 220mm
diameter (base): 580mm


Content object


To size, flight model of the Ariel 1 satellite as seen from below. The satellite main body comprises a metal cylinder, with four antena extending upward, four solar panels extending downard and four arms, which support a tape recorder and other instrumentation.

Ariel 1 was the first British satellite, and the first satellite in the Ariel programme. It was constructed in the United States by NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, following an agreement between NASA and the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the United Kingdom. It was launched in 1962 by a Thor-Delta rocket.

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<The World>
   > Europe
      > United Kingdom
<The World>
   > North America
      > United States