The World's first multi-nation rocket was fired statically at the Woomera Range in South Australia's far north this morning (Monday).
The World's first multi-nation rocket was fired statically at the Woomera Range in South Australia's far north this morning (Monday). The ignition occurred at twenty-four minutes past ten South Australian time.
The liaison officer for the European Launcher Development Organisation, Colonel DUTTON, received the immediate report that the firing was completely successful.
Colonel Dutton said that it would be most surprising if the assessment disclosed anything seriously wrong. The assessment would it take a day or two.
Most of the three-hundred range personnel engaged in the count-down since midnight last night have now gone off duty to get some sleep.
The firing was scheduled for eight o'clock but there was minor procedural rechecks which held back ignition for a relatively short time.
At the point of firing little was seen by the naked eye, as everyone was under cover, but television cameras got the close-up picture of smoke and flames billowing out from the launch pad as the huge vehicle -- one-hundred-and-four-and-a-half-feet high -- was held clamped down against actual flight.
An A.B.C. reporter says that the successful firing gives the "all clear" to go ahead with the flight test set down for Thursday, May the nineteenth.
The flight path will take the vehicle to an impact area in the Simpson desert, in the northern territory, on a compass bearing of six degrees true. The ground distance to be covered is four-hundred and twenty-five statute miles.
A command system of vehicle destruction will control the safety elements of the flight.
The F-Four firing scheduled for the nineteenth will send aloft the first multi-stage vehicle to go up in the ELDO programme. The first stage is Britain's Blue streak Rocket. This will lift dummy upper stages composed of France's second stage vehicle and West Germany's third stage with a nose cone by Italy.