• Short Summary

    ALTHOUGH ALL THREE STAGES OF THE EUROPEAN LAUNCHER DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION'S (ELDO) ROCKET HAVE NOW BEEN TESTED, A SERIOUS RE-EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT IS LIKELY TO BE MADE AT THE FORTH COMING MEETING OF ELDO LATER THIS MONTH.

  • Description

    ALTHOUGH ALL THREE STAGES OF THE EUROPEAN LAUNCHER DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION'S (ELDO) ROCKET HAVE NOW BEEN TESTED, A SERIOUS RE-EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT IS LIKELY TO BE MADE AT THE FORTH COMING MEETING OF ELDO LATER THIS MONTH.

    THE ELDO PROGRAMME WAS SET UP BY A CONVENTION IN 1962 BETWEEN AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS AND BRITAIN. THE AIM OF THE PROGRAMME IS TO LAUNCH A SATELLITE INTO ORBIT AS A JOINT ANGLO-EUROPEAN VENTURE IN SPACE EXPLORATION.

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY BRITAIN USING THE BLUE STREAK AND THIS WAS SUCCESSFULLY TEST FLOWN AT THE WOOMERA RANGE IN AUSTRALIA IN MARCH LAST YEAR. THE SECOND STAGE IS BEING DEVELOPED BY FRANCE WITH HER CORALIE ROCKET BUT SO FAR THE FRENCH STAGE HAS NOT COME UP TO EXPECTATIONS. WEST GERMANY'S THIRD STAGE WAS SUCCESSFULLY TESTED IN TRAUEN IN JULY LAST YEAR.

    SINCE THE ELDO PROJECT STARTED THE COST OF THE THREE STAGE HAS RISEN FROM GBP70 MILLION TO GBP150 MILLION AND THE LAUNCHING PROGRAMME HAS SLIPPED BEHIND. THE FIRST FULL FIRING OF THE THREE ROCKET WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 1967 BUT THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF ELDO, MR. CARROBIO HAS PUT THE FORECAST MORE MODESTLY FOR THE END OF 1967 OR THE BEGINNING OF 1968. HOWEVER THE ELDO SECRETARIAT HAS CLAIMED THAT INSPITE OF BUDGET AND TIMING SETBACKS, THE PROGRAMME IS GOING WELL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5XSKJ83I0EOMDO89JQI8NFU5F
    Media URN:
    VLVA5XSKJ83I0EOMDO89JQI8NFU5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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