• Short Summary

    SOMETIME EARLY NEXT YEAR, AMERICA PLANS TO LAUNCH ITS BIGGEST ROCKET YET -- THE 110-FOOT (33.6-METRE) TALL TITAN THREE, WHICH WILL DEVELOP TWO MILLION POUNDS (900,000 KILOGRAMS) OF THRUST.

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    SOMETIME EARLY NEXT YEAR, AMERICA PLANS TO LAUNCH ITS BIGGEST ROCKET YET -- THE 110-FOOT (33.6-METRE) TALL TITAN THREE, WHICH WILL DEVELOP TWO MILLION POUNDS (900,000 KILOGRAMS) OF THRUST. THAT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF THE COMBINED POWER OF MORE THAN 600 BOEING 707 JETS.

    BEFORE DOING SO, SCIENTISTS WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF SOMETHING WENT WRONG DURING THE FIRING. WOULD THE ROCKET EXPLODE ? IF SO, WHAT WOULD SUCH AWESOME POWER DO ?
    TO FIND OUT, SCIENTISTS WORKED OUT AN EXPERIMENT IN WHICH A NEARLY-UNMOVABLE OBJECT WAS HIT BY A NEARLY- IRRESISTIBLE FORCE. THEY BUILT A HUGE CONCRETE BUNKER ON A TEST RANGE AT CHINA LAKE, CALIFORNIA, MOUNTED ONE OF THE TITAN THREE'S 12 70-FOOT (21-METRE) LONG SOLID FUEL ENGINES ON A SLED ON TRACKS, AND FIRED IT AT THE BUNKER.

    THE ROCKET SLAMMED INTO THE BUNKER WITH A SHATTERING ROAR, NEARLY DEMOLISHING THE CONCRETE STRUCTURE. BUT, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE BURST OF FLAMES, THERE WAS NO EXPLOSION.

    SLOW MOTION PICTURES SHOWED BIG CHUNKS OF THE SOLID FUEL FLYING UNBURNED THROUGH THE FLAMES. AFTERWARDS, THE GROUND WAS STREWN WITH THE CHUNKS.

    THE TEST PROVED THAT IF ANYTHING WERE TO GO WRONG DURING THE LAUNCHING, THERE WOULD BE FLAMES, BUT NOTHING OF THE KIND OF EXPLOSIONS THAT OCCURS WHEN A LIQUID FUEL ROCKET IS DESTROYED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4QR92MJBTKEPORFRF0C2KDTEI
    Media URN:
    VLVA4QR92MJBTKEPORFRF0C2KDTEI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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