• Short Summary

    SYNOPSIS: NASA'S REUSABLE SHUTTLE ORBITER...PART OF A NEW, LESS EXPENSIVE SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. A SPACESHIP?

  • Description

    SYNOPSIS: NASA'S REUSABLE SHUTTLE ORBITER...PART OF A NEW, LESS EXPENSIVE SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. A SPACESHIP THAT WILL PUT OUR COUNTRY IN THE EARTH ORBIT FREIGHT BUSINESS. THIS IS ORBITER 101 AS IT ROLLED OUT OF THE HANGER IN PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA. IT HAS BEEN NAMED THE "ENTERPRISE".

    IT HAS TAKEN FOUR YEARS TO GO FROM THE ORBITER DESIGN STAGE TO THE NEARLY COMPLETED SPACECRAFT. THESE WERE SOME OF THE STEPS ALONG THE WAY.

    THE NEXT STOP IS NASA'S DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTRE NEAR LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA. IT IS HERE THAT THE ENTERPRISE WILL BE MOUNTED PIGGYBACK ATOP A 747 FOR APPROACH AND LANDING TESTS. EVERYTHING IS NEARLY READY FOR THE UPCOMING TESTS, ACCORDING TO DIRECTOR OF SPACE SHUTTLE OPERATIONS, ISAAC T. GILLAM.

    THESE ARE THE ASTRONAUTS WHO WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE FIRST TEST FLIGHTS OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE. JOE ENGLE, DICK TRULY, FRED HAISE, AND GORDON FULLERTON. WE ASKED GORDON FULLERTON TO DESCRIBE ONE OF THE TYPICAL SHUTTLE MISSIONS INTO SPACE THAT WILL BEGIN IN 1979.

    THE REUSABLE SPACE SHUTTLE...A NEW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WITH ECONOMY IT'S MAJOR ASSET. A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM CAPABLE OF DELIVERING 65,000 POUNDS OF PAYLOAD INTO ORBIT. DRUGS, METAL ALLOYS, ELECTRONIC CRYSTALS AND GLASS LENSES, ALL CAN BE PRODUCED IN WEIGHTLESS SPACE FAR SUPERIOR TO ANYTHING MADE ON EARTH. SATELLITES WILL BE MANUFACTURED MORE INEXPENSIVELY BECAUSE THEY CAN EITHER BE REPAIRED IN SPACE OR RETURNED TO EARTH. THESE ARE BUT A FEW OF THE JOBS THE SPACE SHUTTLE CAN DO AS IT WORKS FOR US IN SPACE AND FLYS BACK TO LIKE AN AIRPLANE, UP TO 100 TIMES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA51C0F0NNCRSXTA1IJ3OJEGG8Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA51C0F0NNCRSXTA1IJ3OJEGG8Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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