• Short Summary

    THE BAT-LIKE "ROGALLO WING" - DESIGNED TO GLIDE AMERICA'S TWO-MAN "GEMINI" SPACE-CRAFT TO EARTH - WAS UNDERGOING FURTHER TESTS RECENTLY.

  • Description

    THE BAT-LIKE "ROGALLO WING" - DESIGNED TO GLIDE AMERICA'S TWO-MAN "GEMINI" SPACE-CRAFT TO EARTH - WAS UNDERGOING FURTHER TESTS RECENTLY. CARRYING A RESEARCH MODEL OF THE "MERCURY" CAPSULE. THE "WING" WAS TOWED ALOFT BY A HELICOPTER, AND DROPPED. THE INFLATED LEADING EDGE STIFFENED, AND THE SAIL-WING BECAME TAUT AS AIR CURRENTS DIRECTED IT ON A GLIDE-PATH. IN THIS EXPERIMENT, THE CAPSULE WAS LANDED WITH THE MINIMUM OF SPLASH IN A SWAMP.

    THIS WING CONFIGURATION WILL BE FOLDED AWAY INSIDE THE "GEMINI" TWO-MAN SPACECRAFT, AND, DURING RE-ENTRY INTO THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE, WILL BE DEPLOYED SIMILAR TO A PARACHUTE. THE FIRST PROGRAMMED FLIGHTS OF "GEMINI" WILL, HOWEVER, STILL USE THE RING-SAIL PARACHUTE FOR RECOVERY.

    "GEMINI" HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO FLY FOR A WEEK OR MORE IN ORBIT, AND MANOEUVRE TO MEET UP WITH A TARGET SATELLITE. SIMILAR IN SHAPE TO THE "MERCURY" CAPSULE IN WHICH COLONEL GLENN ORBITED THE EARTH, IT IS ABOUT EIGHTEEN INCHES WIDER, TWO-FEET TALLER, ALMOST THREE TIMES HEAVIER, AND HAS FIFTY-PER-CENT MORE ROOM INSIDE. "TITAN" ROCKETS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ASSIGNED TO THE TASK OF LIFTING IT INTO SPACE. "GEMINI" MAY BE READY FOR FLIGHT TESTING BY THE END OF 1963.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA82WD8WIBBKRJOFX4Q3V9R69JF
    Media URN:
    VLVA82WD8WIBBKRJOFX4Q3V9R69JF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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