• Short Summary

    JAPAN'S LARGEST ROCKET, THE MU-I, HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED FROM UCHINOURA ROCKET RANGE, IN SOUTHERN JAPAN, IN PREPARATION FOR ORBITING THE FIRST JAPANESE SATELLITE BY 1968.

  • Description

    JAPAN'S LARGEST ROCKET, THE MU-I, HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED FROM UCHINOURA ROCKET RANGE, IN SOUTHERN JAPAN, IN PREPARATION FOR ORBITING THE FIRST JAPANESE SATELLITE BY 1968. THE ROCKET, WITH DUMMY UPPER STAGES, WAS FIRED OVER THE SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC.

    THE MU-I IS 75 FEET (23 METRES) LONG AND WEIGHS MORE THAN 42 TONS. WHEN ALL STAGES ARE FUELLED, THE ROCKET WILL HAVE A THRUST OF 200 TONS -- ONLY 40 TONS LESS THAN AMERICA'S TITAN-2, WHICH PUT GEMINI TWO-MAN SPACE CRAFT INTO ORBIT.

    IN THE TEST, THE MU-I'S UPPER STAGES WERE FILLED WITH STEEL TO MAKE THE WEIGHT THE SAME AS IF THEY CONTAINED FUEL. IT ROSE TO A HEIGHT OF 20 MILES (34 KILOMETRES) IN UNDER TWO MINUTES. THE SOLID FUEL OF THE FIRST STAGE BURNED FOR 61 SECONDS, AND THE EIGHT AUXILIARY BOOSTERS OF THE FIRST STAGE SEPARATED AS PLANNED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3SQLKIHXSUM9ZXWPKBM7385SH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3SQLKIHXSUM9ZXWPKBM7385SH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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