• Short Summary

    FRANCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE FIRST STAGE OF AN EXPERIMENT TO OBTAIN THE FIRST PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE WITH LASER BEAMS WITH THE ORBITING OF 50 LBS (23 KILOGRAMS) SATELLITE FROM THE SAHARA BASE AT HAMMAGUIR.

  • Description

    FRANCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE FIRST STAGE OF AN EXPERIMENT TO OBTAIN THE FIRST PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE WITH LASER BEAMS WITH THE ORBITING OF 50 LBS (23 KILOGRAMS) SATELLITE FROM THE SAHARA BASE AT HAMMAGUIR.

    THE SATELLITE, WHICH WAS TONIGHT CIRCLING THE GLOBE EVERY 104.3 MINUTES, SPARKLES IN THE SKY. ITS SPEED WAS FOUND TO BE FIVE MINUTES FASTER THAN WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. BUT FRENCH SCIENTISTS SAID THIS WAS NOT EXPECTED TO INTERFERE WITH THE LASER EXPERIMENTS, DUE TO START NEXT TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 14). THE SATELLITE'S GLITTER COMES FROM THE 144 REFLECTIONS DESIGNED TO BOUNCE THE LASER BEAMS BACK TO EARTH.

    THE GOLD-PLATED SATELLITE - CODE-NAMED "DIADEM (D-L-C)" IS FRANCE'S FOURTH. A FIFTH IS SCHEDULED TO GO UP IN A WEEK OR TEN DAYS.

    SCIENTISTS HOPE THAT THE LASER METHOD WILL GIVE PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF DISTANCES ON THE EARTH'S SURFACE. PRESENT CALCULATIONS OF DISTANCE FROM VARIOUS POINTS OF THE GLOBE CAN VARY CONSIDERABLY.

    FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS THE SATELLITE WILL BE TRACKED FROM STATIONS IN ALGERIA, CANARY ISLANDS, UPPER VOLTA, CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, FRANCE AND GREECE. UNITED STATES STATIONS WILL ALSO TRACK THE SATELLITE IN A CO-OPERATIVE EFFORT WITH THE FRENCH SPACE STUDIES CENTRE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA154O96LKRYQON9AUFPR52Y71N
    Media URN:
    VLVA154O96LKRYQON9AUFPR52Y71N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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