Over the years different versions evolved. The first Skylark was capable of lifting 45 kg to 150 km; the final variant, the three-stage Skylark 12, could carry a 200 kg payload to 576 km. The rocket went international, being used by ESRO (European Space Research Organisation) in 1964-72 and Germany from 1970. Although the British Skylark program ended in 1979, after 266 launches, and the rocket is no longer manufactured, enough of Skylark 7's remained in stock for ESA (European Space Agency) to continue launches of Britain's most successful rocket into the early part of the new century. The 441st and final launch, carrying the Maser 10 payload, was slated to take place from Esrange, the Swedish Space Corporations site near Kiruna, on May 1, 2005.
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