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    Spadeadam, Cumberland.

    Various shots of the engineers in large control room during long count down for launching of Europa I rocket at Spadeadam, Cumberland. CU. Control panel with the indicator going from five to zero. Various shots of the Europa I rocket on launching pad with engineers making final checks and as the gantry moves away. LS. The fires - there is a lot of steam but the rocket does not get off the pad. LS. Pad and zoom in.


    Date found in the old record - 03/08/1965.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:51:52:00 / 01:56:01:00
    UN 4044 A
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    UN 4044 A
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    Travel & Exploration Science & Technology
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  1. woomera says

    The title and text describing the event are not correct in describing this as a failure. Spadeadam was used for static firings of the ELDO (European Launcher Development Organization) vehicle. This is where the rocket motors were run for the first stage, but the vehicle remained clamped to the launch platform. When the static firing confirmed the functional capability of the rocket, it was dismantled and the actual launches of all three live stages of the ELDO vehicle were conducted at Woomera in South Australia. This clip shows the static firing of the first stage which was previously known as the British Bluestreak rocket. The German, French and Italian (satellite) stages were added to the British first stage rocket to make up the Europa vehicle. After being successfully developed and tested at Woomera, this project then went on to become the Ariane satellite launching project which is currently being launched from Kourou, French Guiana in South America.

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