• Short Summary

    The Martin Company of Denver, Colorado Tuesday (August 30) launched a giant balloon that carried aloft a parachute system designed to lower spacecraft on the planets.

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    The Martin Company of Denver, Colorado Tuesday (August 30) launched a giant balloon that carried aloft a parachute system designed to lower spacecraft on the planets. All worked well; the system descended from 23 miles in space and landed on the Southern New Mexico desert about 100 miles away from Walker Air Force base where it was launched. The descent lasted about 70 minutes/
    Spokesmen said preliminary indications were that the test was successful.

    The United States Air Force says the balloon used in the test is the largest ever launched by the United States. It carried the 1-thousand-600 pound Voyager Parachute system to an altitude of between 120-thousand to 125-thousand feet during the flight.

    The parachute system is being studied for possible incorporation into the Voyager vehicle for unmanned, soft landing on Mars in 1973 and for exploration of the planets.

    Four more balloon tests, and seven tests in which the Voyager is to be carried aloft by rockets are planned

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5ZIHWBJCUQJ0QZ11MGNSEEYIF
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ZIHWBJCUQJ0QZ11MGNSEEYIF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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