• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES LAUNCHED ITS "SYNCOM II" COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE INTO ORBIT LAST FRIDAY AND CARRIED OUT TWO SUCCESSFUL RELAY TESTS AS THE DRUM SHAPED "FLYING SWITCHBOARD" WHIRLED AROUND THE EARTH.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES LAUNCHED ITS "SYNCOM II" COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE INTO ORBIT LAST FRIDAY AND CARRIED OUT TWO SUCCESSFUL RELAY TESTS AS THE DRUM SHAPED "FLYING SWITCHBOARD" WHIRLED AROUND THE EARTH.

    JUBILANT SPACE OFFICIALS SAID "SYNCOM" HAD RELAYED BACK TO A SPECIAL SHIP IN LAGOS HARBOUR, NIGERIA, VOICE AND TELETYPE MESSAGES -- AND A RECORDING OF THE "STAR SPANGLED BANNER".

    IT IS HOPED THAT "SYNCOM" WILL OPEN THE WAY TO ESTABLISHING A SERIES OF RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE RELAYING STATIONS IN SPACE LINKING THE CONTINENTS AND CAPABLE OF REACHING ALMOST EVERY POINT ON THE GLOBE.

    THE "SYNCOM" SATELLITE IS INTENDED TO "HOVER"IN SPACE -- MEANING THAT IT WILL TRAVEL AT THE SAME RELATIVE SPEED AT WHICH THE EARTH ROTATES SO THAT IT WILL APPEAR TO HANG IN THE SKY.THE SATELLITE IS ORBITING THE EARTH 22,300 MILES (35,900 K.METRES) ABOVE THE SURFACE, EVERY 1,454 MINUTES -- A LITTLE MORE THAN 24 HOURS.)
    THE SATELLITE IS 28 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND 151/2 INCHES DEEP, WEIGHING SOME 79 POUNDS.THE VERTICAL SURFACE OF THE SATELLITE IS COVERED WITH SILICON SOLAR CELLS WHICH SUPPLY ENERGY FROM THE SUN TO THE NICKEL CADMIUM BATTERIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA846QWM2WUSGAEP584R7LC0DF6
    Media URN:
    VLVA846QWM2WUSGAEP584R7LC0DF6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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