In the near future, America's first sustained flight into inner space will be a reality.?
In the near future, America's first sustained flight into inner space will be a reality. The rocket ship X-15 has been tested and qualified for powered flight. The pilot is ready and the flight monitor equipment is prepared to record the data of this first intensive exploration of inner space. The ultimate result... information, processed by IBM computers, and furnished to engineers, who will design the ships to bring man closer to his goal...the moon and the planets. This B-52 will take the ship to thirty-eight thousand feet. In the master control monitor room, data recording equipment will start. A last check on details such as cockpit temperature, fuel and hydraulic pressure will be made ... and fifty thousand pounds of thrust from the rocket engine will blast the X-15 out of the earth's atmosphere. (PAUSE - 8 seconds)
Up to ten thousand unite of data will be transmitted each second to ground recording instruments..........
At the peak of the arc, the earth's gravity will be overcome and the pilot will experience the sensation of weightlessness for a sustained period. When the ship noses down and re-enters the atmosphere... friction will raise the temperature of its metal skin to nearly one thousand degrees. At the pull-out, the pilot will have to withstand a force of seven "g's",...raising his apparent weight to almost one thousand pounds. The ship will circle to lose speed and then land at Edwards Air Force Base, California, at a speed of almost two-hundred miles an hour But this will not complete the mission. All the data recorded during the flight is essential, but the millions of individual units of information are of no value until they are reduced and translated into facts for the engineers to analyze, evaluate and use to make the next flight, the next step up, into outer space.