Thunderbird 5 cutaway drawing
Twin gate space scanners
Special frequency antennae for direct
communication with the base
Space signalling laser beam
Lock-on star-fix sensors coupled to computer controlled
jets which maintain the satellite in correct position
Astrodome housing of the telescope; this high
resolution instrument can be used manually or
coupled to a TV screen in the monitor room
Duplicate monitor room; in case of a major fault
the damaged room is vacated and the operator
walks through to the duplicate – this also means
that Thunderbird 5 is never out of commission
during overhaul
Lift tube to other floors
Airlock; these are strategically sited throughout
the satellite as a precaution against air leakage
Main monitor room
Movable screens to cover the window against sun glare
Stores and replacement parts
Amplifier housing
Lift tube, emergency ladder and catwalk to Thunderbird 3 dock
Sleeping accomodation with foldaway bunks
Double walls filled with coagulant compound
to seal micro meteor punctures
Cables and plasma pump supplying meteor deflector
Plasma core localised field meteor deflector
Field localiser magnetic pole unit
Main generating room using atomic batteries and piles
Electromagnetic baffle – one of a ring
of anti-radar devices set in the base
used to prevent accidental discovery
Docking ramp for Thunderbird 3
Fuel tanks for 'topping up' Thunderbird 3
Docking port
Inspection platform
Heat dispersal unit
Long pylon holds main antenna clear of
distortion caused by anti-meteor device
Solitary duty over long periods can be a great strain – in
order that the monitors' efficiency shall be unimpaired,
great attention has been paid to providing more than
adequate rest facilities; here we show a portion of the
TV screen which can also be used in conjunction with a film library
Direct communication screen and speaker
relaying messages from Tracy Island
Warning light and speaker linked to a special computer which has
been programmed to select all messages containing words such as
'Help', 'Emergency', &c. in all of the world's languages, and relay them
to positions all over the satellite thus alerting the operator (the
panel in the sleeping quarters contains a warning alarm signal as
well as a light)
Hand microphone linked to broadcasting system
Air conditioning
Door to sleeping quarters
Pot plant growing in nutrient solution, one of John's hobbies
Part of the immense library of books, tapes and film; not
surprisingly, John spends a lot of his duty time studying
Tape selector for concealed record player
Not only a coffee table, but at the touch of a
button producing a variety of refreshing drinks
from beneath via the rising plate on the top
Thunderbird 5 console
The monitor room
The monitor room has two main functions. 1. To enable John to maintain a constant check on the efficient running of the equipment. 'Tell-tale' warning lights inform him of the necessity to make adjustments. 2. To enable John to override the automatics and amplify the channel or channels he particularly wishes to monitor.

Technical specifications published originally in Thunderbirds 1966 Annual,
later reprinted in Dutch Albert Heyn Codes and Extra 3 Album

Thunderbird 5 side
Side elevation
Thunderbird 5 plan
Thunderbird 5 underside
Reverse plan

Elevations published originally in Thunderbirds model sheet and Dutch Albert Heyn Codes

Thunderbird 5
Technical Specifications
name: Thunderbird 5
designer: Derek Meddings