• Short Summary

    ANOTHER COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE IN ORBIT. CALLED RELAY TWO, IT WENT UP YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) AND WILL?

  • Description

    ANOTHER COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE IN ORBIT. CALLED RELAY TWO, IT WENT UP YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) AND WILL LINK FIVE CONTINENTS.

    FILM BEGINS WITH PREPARATIONS FOR THE LAUNCHING, BY A THOR-DELTA ROCKET FROM CAPE KENNEDY, FLORIDA. THE 182-LB (83-KG) SATELLITE IS A SISTER TO RELAY ONE, LAUNCHED MORE THAN A YEAR AGO DURING WHICH IT HAS PROVIDED TELEVISION LINKS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND EUROPE AND THE U.S. AND JAPAN.

    RELAY TWO WILL FEED TELEVISION FILM TO GROUND STATIONS FOR UP TO 70 MINUTES AT A TIME -- 20 MINUTES LONGER THAN RELAY ONE'S MAXIMUM. JOINING FORCES WITH THE SYNCOM SATELLITE, "HOVERING" OVER THE ATLANTIC, IT WILL ALLOW TELEVISION AND RADIO SIGNALS TO BE EXCHANGED BETWEEN AFRICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES, AS WELL AS EUROPE.

    A NEW TYPE OF SOLAR CELL ABLE TO WITHSTAND MORE RADIATION THAN ITS PREDECESSOR HAS GIVEN IT A GREATER LIFE EXPECTANCY -- PUT AT BETWEEN THREE AND FIVE YEARS.

    MEANWHILE, CAPE KENNEDY OFFICIALS ARE PREPARING ANOTHER SATELLITE FOR LAUNCHING. IT IS A RANGER SPACE VEHICLE AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE FIRED ON JANUARY 30.

    IT WILL BE AIMED AT THE MOON, TO IMPACT ABOUT 375 MILES (600 KMS) BELOW THE LUNAR EQUATOR ON THE LEADING QUARTER OF THE MOON. IT CARRIES SIX CAMERAS WHICH WILL BEGIN TRANSMITTING STILL PICTURES AS THE RANGER NEARS THE LUNAR SURFACE.

    THEY WILL GO ON TRANSMITTING UP TO AND FOLLOWING IMPACT. THIS SATELLITE IS A VERSION OF THE OTHER RANGERS, WHICH HAVE BEEN USED FOR PROBES DEEP IN SPACE, INCLUDING LAST YEAR'S SPECTACULAR SHOT PAST VENUS.

    THE 800-LB (362-KG) SATELLITE WILL TAKE 66 HOURS TO REACH THE MOON. IT IS DESIGNED TO GO ON TRANSMITTING PICTURES FOR AT LEAST FOUR HOURS AFTER IMPACT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA47YEBMC9BM0D1Z5WG901NSCBR
    Media URN:
    VLVA47YEBMC9BM0D1Z5WG901NSCBR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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