• Short Summary

    The experimental United States space shuttle, designed to go into operation in the 1980s carrying goods and scientists into space and back, successfully completed a dangerous trial on Wednesday (12 October).

  • Description

    The experimental United States space shuttle, designed to go into operation in the 1980s carrying goods and scientists into space and back, successfully completed a dangerous trial on Wednesday (12 October). Since August, the shuttle has been undergoing trials involving rides up to 25,000 feet (about 8 km) on top of its 'mother-craft', a Boeing 747, and gliding down again without the power of the engines designed to shoot it into space before floating down to earth on its return journey.

    SYNOPSIS: The take-off for the latest trial looked almost like any other. It took place without mishap, just as all the previous ones did. But this time, there was a difference-the engines at the back were uncovered.

    Previously, the back and of the shuttle has been covered by a hatch designed to deflect the wind-forces it encounters. But on this occasion, the cover was removed-subjecting the craft to wind turbulence which could have thrown it out of control after it broke away from the mother aircraft.

    But the shuttle, named 'Enterprise' after a spacecraft in a television science-fiction series, behaved perfectly. With its two-man crew on board, it glided down from 25,000 feet (about 8 km) without any obvious troubles.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5RLI0S3MICB8B5SOLRBTT3YHV
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RLI0S3MICB8B5SOLRBTT3YHV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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