• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Western Europe's Ariane rocket lifted off successfully from the Kourou site in French Guiana on Friday (19 June).

  • Description

    1.
    SV Control panel at launch site.
    0.05

    2.
    CU Technician watches.
    0.08

    3.
    GV Rocket on pad, ignition and take off. Rocket disappears into cloud.
    1.09

    4.
    CU Rocket image on monitor.
    1.30

    5.
    CU Plotting table showing trajectory.
    1.36

    6.
    CU Rocket image on monitor.
    1.46


    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    COMMENTATOR: "Ignition, first stage. (French speech) Take off."



    COMMENTATOR: "The plotting tables are functioning normally and the third part of the trajectory is quite good."



    COMMENTATOR: "We have a picture of (INDISTINCT) of the Royal Islands, and it's a very good picture of the launcher taking off, and flying now. (French speech) You see the picture no on your screens. So you on the table the trajectory and it's fairly nominal now.





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    EUROVISION TELERECORDING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: Western Europe's Ariane rocket lifted off successfully from the Kourou site in French Guiana on Friday (19 June). The satellite launcher took off after two technical hitches involving electrical problems, now suspected of being malfunctioning warning lights in the control room.

    SYNOPSIS: The firing was crucial for the European Space Agency (ESA). It was the third in a series of four tests.

    The first was a successful firing in December 1979. The second ended in failure in December 1980 when Ariane crashed in the Atlantic less than two minutes after launch.

    The three stage rocket carried two satellites -- a European weather satellite called Meteosat, and the Indian Apple telecommunications satellite. Friday's success means Ariane should be fully operational in 1982. Aim of the Ariane project, designed by the ESA, is to give the eleven participating nations the capacity to put telecommunications and weather monitoring satellites into orbit, making contributors less dependent on the United States.

    Ariane is designed to put commercial and weather satellites into orbit at 23,000 miles, a world market worth a potential U.S. 2,000-million dollars a year.

    There is to be one more Ariane proving flight, then a race to get commercial satellites into orbit before America's space shuttle enters the market.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3YS3U54J4LBBO26LTSGI08IQX
    Media URN:
    VLVA3YS3U54J4LBBO26LTSGI08IQX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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