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    A PROTOTYPE OF THE FIRST EARTH SATELLITE PLANNED TO BE ORBITED BY JAPAN IN MARCH 1968 WAS UNVEILED IN A CEREMONY AT THE INSTITUTE OF SPACE AND AERONAUTICAL SCIENCE OF TOKYO UNIVERSITY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

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    TOKYO UNIVERSITY; VARIOUS SHOTS PROTOTYPE; SOLAR BATTERIES; UCHINOURA LAUNCHING SITE (STILL); ROCKET (STILL); SPACE CENTRE; MODEL OF ROCKET.




    Initials GHB/V/JH/BB



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    Background: A PROTOTYPE OF THE FIRST EARTH SATELLITE PLANNED TO BE ORBITED BY JAPAN IN MARCH 1968 WAS UNVEILED IN A CEREMONY AT THE INSTITUTE OF SPACE AND AERONAUTICAL SCIENCE OF TOKYO UNIVERSITY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

    THE PROTOTYPE, WHICH IS MUCH SMALLER THAN THE INTENDED SATELLITE, WAS RECENTLY COMPLETED BY SCIENTISTS AT THE INSTITUTE. THE FINAL SATELLITE WILL BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 1967, ACCORDING TO REPORTS, AND IS SCHEDULED FOR LAUNCHING FROM THE INSTITUTE'S UCHINOURA SPACE OBSERVATION STATION IN KAGOSHIMA, ON THE SOUTHERN TIP OF THE KYUSHU ISLANDS, IN MARCH 1968.

    THE SCIENTIFIC SATELLITE, OFFICIALLY CALLED MSI, WILL HAVE OBSERVATION AND RADIO COMMUNICATION ANTENNAE ON THE TOP, BASE AND SIDES. IT WILL BE COVERED WITH MORE THAN 5,000 SOLAR BATTERIES.

    THE MOST LIKELY ROCKET TO CARRY THE SATELLITE ALOFT IS THE INSTITUTE'S MOST POWERFUL FOUR-STAGE VEHICLE -- THE MU 45. IF SUCCESSFULLY ORBITED THE SATELLITE IS EXPECTED TO CIRCLE THE EARTH EVERY 90 MINUTES.

    THE PROTOTYPE COST APPROXIMATELY GBP50,000, AND THE FULL-SCALE SATELLITE, WHICH WILL BE ORBITED AFTER THERMAL CHAMBER AND OTHER GROUND TESTS ON THE FIRST AND SECOND PROTOTYPES, WILL COST OVER GBP100,000.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4G5L239RKGDRH502ZF6Q29KFC
    Media URN:
    VLVA4G5L239RKGDRH502ZF6Q29KFC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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