September 9th, 2011
A British team of scientist and engineers are planning to revive the Prospero satellite forty years after it was launched:
Prospero was the first UK satellite to be launched on a UK launch vehicle; it would also be the last.
Ministers had cancelled the rocket project in the run up to the flight.
However, as the Black Arrow was ready, the programme team decided to go-ahead anyway. Prospero was blasted into orbit from the remote Woomera base in the Australian desert. It turns out, the satellite is still up there.
Am I the only one reminded of this classic xkcd cartoon?
[Via The Morning News]