• Short Summary

    A new Applications Technology Satellite (ATS) that will balance itself in synchronous orbit 22,300 miles above earth with metal booms stretching nearly the length of a football field....
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    A new Applications Technology Satellite (ATS) that will balance itself in synchronous orbit 22,300 miles above earth with metal booms stretching nearly the length of a football field....
    .....stands ready for launching by NASA fro Cape Kennedy Wednesday, July 24.

    The fourth spacecraft in a series of five satellites being built by Hughes Aircraft Company....
    ....the space-building satellite will use a motor-driven mechanism similar to this....
    ....to extend and retract round 1/2-inch metal booms 123 feet each side of the spacecraft.

    The pull of gravity on the booms pointed toward earth is expected to keep the non-spinning satellite stable in space so one side continuously faces earth.

    The 1,775-pound satellite (864 pounds in orbit) will be launched by an Atlas/Centaur rocket which was used to propel five Hughes Surveyors to successful soft landings on the moon.

    Once the satellite has achieved synchronous orbit over the equator above the Pacific at 107 degrees west longitude....
    ....NASA scientists will send a command to extend the booms from both sides of the spacecraft and form a huge "X" in space. A 90-foot boom running diagonally through the spacecraft will act as a damper. A TV camera facing out into space will photograph the extended booms to measure their bending in space....while a day/night camera facing the earth will enable scientists to photograph weather movement across 40 per cent of the world's surface. ATS stations in North Carolina and California will command the satellite in orbit.

    Besides the gravity gradient and TV camera experiments, ATS-D will carry on ion engine and gas jet for station-keeping and microwave communications equipment for simultaneous transmission of voice, television (including colour), telegraph and digital data to several ground stations at super high frequencies.

    This cloud picture sequence of weather forming over the United States and the Atlantic was made by the ATS-3 satellite launched above the Atlantic in 1967. It has contributed new knowledge to meteorologists for long range weather forecasting, one of the goals of the ATS program.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7VDGPWRYT2VM6JLPAN4IA2CT9
    Media URN:
    VLVA7VDGPWRYT2VM6JLPAN4IA2CT9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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