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    The successful launching today of the second in a series of three Sergeant missiles fired from the Pacific Missile Range's tiny San Nicolas Island, 55 miles southwest of Los Angeles, continued the most severe test program ever performed on the Sergeant missile system.

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    The successful launching today of the second in a series of three Sergeant missiles fired from the Pacific Missile Range's tiny San Nicolas Island, 55 miles southwest of Los Angeles, continued the most severe test program ever performed on the Sergeant missile system.

    The Sand-to-sea tests, begun at White Sands Missile Range in January, moved to California for the final and actual firing phase of the program to determine the effects of the sea level atmosphere on the missile.Up to this time, the Sergeant had never been fired at altitude lower than 4,000 feet.

    The program also included weather tests, tactical operations tests and tests of the transportability of the missile.

    Although all of the data has not yet been compiled, Army spokesmen said that the Sergeant stood up successfully under the rugged check-out program.

    Some early results of the tests showed that the missile is not affected by the salt-heavy atmosphere or the air density at sea level to a point where excessive corrosion or deterioration of equipment results in malfunction or malperformance of the missile.

    It was also determined in tests at White Sands that high-speed winds and rain do not hamper the missile functions beyond operational limits.

    In addition, the missile system's ability to cross from one zone on a military map to another zone in a different longitude regardless of direction was substantiated when the missiles hit their different longitudinal zone targets.

    The ability of the Sergeant to withstand the rigors of being transported by air was determined earlier this week when all three missiles arrived by cargo transport planes at Pt.Mugu, PMR headquarters, from White Sands.Examined upon arrival, the missiles were found to be intact and operational.

    All of the test firings at San Nicolas were continued by a military group from the White Sands Army Missile Test and Evaluation Directorate.The group was commanded by Major Milton I Fogel.

    The Sergeant, declared operational last summer, was developed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Sperry Utah Engineering Laboratory.It is a highly mobile surface-to-surface missile and will gradually replace the Corporal missile units now deployed in Europe with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA60RYORTOFVKDHJ0RZ8CY39JNO
    Media URN:
    VLVA60RYORTOFVKDHJ0RZ8CY39JNO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
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    N/A

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