• Short Summary

    THE LAUNCH OF A COMMUNICATION SATELLITE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO) WAS POSTPONED AT CAPE KENNEDY IN THE UNITED STATES ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 18).

  • Description

    1.
    SV & CU PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE SIGNS (2 SHOTS)
    0.05

    2.
    SV GENERAL ARRIVES AND BEING GREETED (4 SHOTS)
    0.16

    3.
    GENERAL ACCOMPANIED BY OFFICIALS WALK TOWARDS BUILDING
    0.21

    4.
    CU INT . AIR FORCE OFFICIALS
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    5.
    SV MR. SCHINDLER AND LORD COLERIDGE
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    6.
    SCU AIR FORCE OFFICIALS
    0.29

    7.
    GENERAL PHILLIPS SPEAKS
    1.42

    8.
    PEOPLE LISTEN TO SPEECH
    1.47


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 7): GENERAL PHILLIPS: "DETAILED POLYMERIC RECORDS WHICH BECAME AVAILABLE RELATIVELY ONLY SEVERAL HOURS AGO INDICATED THE POSSIBILITY OF A PROBLEM WITH THAT THIRD STAGE ROCKET AND BECAUSE IT TAKES TIME TO ANALYSES THE DETAILS OF THE ENGINEERING DATA THAT'S AVAILABLE NOW TO BE SURE THAT IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF A MALFUNCTIONING ROCKET STAGE HERE THAT COULD THREATEN THE LOSS OF OUR COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE, AND BECAUSE SEVERAL MORE HOURS - REALLY ANOTHER DAY OR SO - OF CAREFUL WORK IS NEEDED TO REALLY ASSESS AND UNDERSTANDING THE SITUATION AND CONCLUDE WHETHER THE ROCKET IS IN FACT AS RELIABLE AS WE EXPECTED IT TO BE OR NOT, WE MADE THE DECISION, AS I SAY, ONLY ABOUT THREE HOURS AGO THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO ACCEPT THE DELAY THAT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION AND HOPE THAT THE REVIEW OF THE DATE OVER ABOUT THE NEXT DAY AND A HALF OR SO WILL PUT US BACK IN THE POSITION WE WERE YESTERDAY OF CONFIDENCE IN OUR BIRD".




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    Background: THE LAUNCH OF A COMMUNICATION SATELLITE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO) WAS POSTPONED AT CAPE KENNEDY IN THE UNITED STATES ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 18). THE DECISION TO DELAY THE SPACE SHOT WAS ANNOUNCED ABOUT SIX HOURS BEFORE LAUNCH TIME ON THE BASIS OF A ROCKET TEST CARRIED OUT AT AN AMERICAN AIR FORCE LABORATORY.

    THE SATELLITE, CODE-NAMED NATO- ONE, IS PART OF A 50-MILLION DOLLARS (ABOUT 21 MILLION STERLING)COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC ORGANISATION.

    THE SATELLITE AND ITS GROUND STATIONS ATE EXPECTED TO BECOME FULLY OPERATIONAL EARLY NEXT YEAR (1971).

    A SIMILAR SATELLITE, NATO-TWO, IS TO BE LAUNCHED AT A LATER DATE AS A BACK-UP TO INCREASE THE SYSTEM'S RELIABILITY AND SURVIVABILITY.

    BOTH SATELLITES ARE TO BE IN "SYNCHRONOUS" ORBIT WITH THEIR CIRCULAR PATH AROUND THE EARTH'S AT A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 22,000 MILES, COINCIDING WITH THE EARTH'S ROTATION. VIEWED FROM EARTH, THE SATELLITES WILL APPEAR TO HOVER PERMANENTLY ABOVE THE SAME POINT.+
    NATO-ONE WAS TO BE LAUNCHED BY A U.S. SPACE AGENCY DELTA ROCKET, AND THE COUNTDOWN WAS PROCEEDING WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS WHEN ROCKET, AND THE POSTPONEMENT WAS ANNOUNCED. SPACE AGENCY OFFICIALS SAID THE AIR FORCE TEST INDICATED A POSSIBLE PROBLEM WITH A THIRD STAGE ROCKET MOTOR OF THE TYPE USED ON THE DELTA ROCKET. FOR THAT REASON, THE LAUNCH WAS CALLED OFF UNTIL ADDITIONAL TESTS COULD BE CARRIED OUT.

    SPACE OFFICIALS CALLED A PRESS CONFERENCE AT NEARBY PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE TO EXPLAIN THE DELAY. THE CONFERENCE WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM NATO. THE SPACE AGENCY OFFICIAL CO-ORDINATING NATO-ONE's LAUNCH, GENERAL PHILLIPS, SPOKE TO NEWSMEN.

    SPACE OFFICIALS WILL ATTEMPT ANOTHER LAUNCHING OF THE NATO COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE ON FRIDAY (MARCH 20).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7PH4S22JZHNP3HOEMBKVKUKE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7PH4S22JZHNP3HOEMBKVKUKE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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