A British satellite carrying X-ray research equipment will be launched from Kenya in October and preparations at the launch site are underway.
GV Launching pad
GV Equipment on platform
GVS and SV Equipment unleaded from beat onto platform (4 shots)
SVS Troly moved along platform (2 shots)
CU&SV Equipment taken from box
GV Rocket inside shed (3 shots)
SV Technicians working and dials (3 shots)
SV Technicians with rocket
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Background: A British satellite carrying X-ray research equipment will be launched from Kenya in October and preparations at the launch site are underway.
The launching platform is a converted oil rig off the Kenyan coast selected because of its proximity to the Equator.
The satellite was built in England by the Marconi Space and Defence Systems Division under a two-and-a-half-million sterling (about 5.5. million dollars) contract for the British Science Research Council. It will be launched on an American made Scout racket.
The satellite will carry X-ray equipment for studying emissions from space.