• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES FIRED ITS GIANT SATURN ROCKET FOR THE FOURTH SUCCESSFUL TIME LAST THURSDAY AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES FIRED ITS GIANT SATURN ROCKET FOR THE FOURTH SUCCESSFUL TIME LAST THURSDAY AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA.

    THIS LATEST LAUNCHING ENDS THE FIRST PHASE OF TESTING FOR THE LARGE MISSILE, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO CARRY AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON. IN THIS 7-MINUTE TEST FLIGHT THE ROCKET REACHED AN ALTITUDE OF 77 MILES AND ROARED 230 MILES DOWN RANGE INTO THE ATLANTIC, SOUTHEAST OF CANAVERAL.

    WEIGHING 470 TONS AND STANDING 160 FEET TALL, THE ROCKET IS POWERED BY EIGHT ENGINES. DURING ITS FLIGHT THE SATURN DEMONSTRATED IT COULD OPERATE IF ONE OF ITS ENGINES FAILED. ONE OF THE ROCKETS FOUR INBOARD ENGINES WAS SHUT OFF DELIBERATELY AFTER 100 SECONDS OF POWERED FLIGHT TO SIMULATE A FAILURE. THE FUEL INTENDED FOR THE DEAD ENGINE WAS REROUTED AUTOMATICALLY BY A PRESSURE SYSTEM TO THE OTHER SEVEN ENGINES.

    COMING TESTS WILL SEE THE SATURN - THE WORLD'S LARGEST KNOWN ROCKET - PUSH SATELLITES WEIGHING NINE TONS INTO THE SKY, THE MOST AMBITIOUS EFFORT MADE IN AMERICA'S SPACE PROGRAMME... AND ONE THEY CLAIM COMPARES WITH ANYTHING ACHIEVED BY THE SOVIET UNION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DHZRKKDW7MAKP9VX9N25DMC4
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DHZRKKDW7MAKP9VX9N25DMC4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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