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).
GV PAN: Space shuttle 'Enterprise' on top of Boeing 747 taking off, Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA.
SV: Tails of the two aircraft in flight.
LV: Aircraft in flight.
GV: Space Shuttle taking off from top of mother-craft.
LV: Shuttle breaking away from Boeing.
GVS: Shuttle in flight. (THREE SHOTS)
GV PAN: Shuttle coming in to land and landing.
TRANSCRIPT: COUNTDOWN: "Thirty feet...twenty feet...ten feet...five feet...four feet...two feet...one foot...down. The nose is coming down...two feet...one foot...down..."
The successful Enterprise trail coincided with the abortive and to the Soviet Union Soyuz-25 manned space-flight.
The Soyuz-25 returned to earth early after failing to link up with a Salyut space station in the latest Soviet space series-on the 20th anniversary of the world's first space-craft, Sputnik 1, launched from the same pad.
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Background: 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.