Europe's Ariane 3 rocket placed two communications satellites into orbit on November 10 after blasting off from its jungle launch pad in French Guiana.
FRENCH GUIANA: NOVEMBER 10: (KOUROU):
1. GV/SVs Control room, countdown, then rocket takes off (7 shots) 0.25
2. SVs Engineers monitoring progress of Ariane rocket on screen showing trajectory (4 shots) 0.33
3. SV PULL BACK TO GV Screen showing various stages of progress, engineers celebrating successful launch 0.40
USSR: NOVEMBER 10: (TSS):
4. GV/SVs PAN DOWN Rocket under preparation (3 shots) 1.5
5. GV ZOOM INTO SV/SV Technicians at work on parts of rocket (3 shots) 1.26
6. SVs Technicians assembling data (2 shots) 1.33
7. CU PULL BACK TO GV Technicians in discussion 1.44
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Background: BAIKONAUR, USSR
Europe's Ariane 3 rocket placed two communications satellites into orbit on November 10 after blasting off from its jungle launch pad in French Guiana. Some 20 minutes after blast-off, the rocket put a satellite, owned by the GTE Spacenet Corporation of Virginia, into orbit above the equator. It was the second U.S. satellite to be launched by an Ariane. Another satellite, Marcos 2, which the European Space Agency will lease to the Washington-based Maritime Satellite Organisation, was launched three minutes later. Marcos 2 will provide voice and data links between ships and shore in the Pacific. The launch was delayed for 30 minutes because a transmitter in Guiana was wrongly positioned, cutting communications with monitoring centres around the world. The rocket, costing an estimated 50 million U.S. dollars, is the second of the space agency's launchers capable of carrying two satellites. a twin-satellite, Ariane 3, was launched in August.
Meanwhile, the Soviet Union has announced the latest phase in its space programme. The Soviet space programme has taken a different direction from that of the U.S. while the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has been sending astronauts to the moon and developing re-usable craft, the Soviets have concentrated on building manned space stations which can remain in situ for long periods. This latest mission will send two unmanned automatic space stations to Venus from where they will relay new data back to earth.
Source: FRANCE 3/SOVIET TELEVISION (TSS)