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    THE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE WHICH WILL BE THE FOCUS OF AMERICA'S SPACE PROGRAM FOR THE REST OF THIS CENTURY MADE ITS SECOND FREE FLIGHT TUESDAY, A FIVE-MINUTE POWERLESS GLIDE THAT ENDED IN A PERFECT LANDING ON A DAY LAKE BED RUNWAY.

    "THAT SURE WAS FUN," ONE OF ENTERPRISE'S TWO ASTRONAUTS QUIPPED TO MISSION CONTROL AFTER THE 75-TON SPACE ORBITER COASTED TO A STOP AFTER A FLIGHT OF ALMOST ONE HOUR.

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    JAMES J. DOYLE
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    Background: THE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE WHICH WILL BE THE FOCUS OF AMERICA'S SPACE PROGRAM FOR THE REST OF THIS CENTURY MADE ITS SECOND FREE FLIGHT TUESDAY, A FIVE-MINUTE POWERLESS GLIDE THAT ENDED IN A PERFECT LANDING ON A DAY LAKE BED RUNWAY.

    "THAT SURE WAS FUN," ONE OF ENTERPRISE'S TWO ASTRONAUTS QUIPPED TO MISSION CONTROL AFTER THE 75-TON SPACE ORBITER COASTED TO A STOP AFTER A FLIGHT OF ALMOST ONE HOUR.

    LIKE THE FIRST FREE FLIGHT LAST MONTH, TUESDAY'S MANOEUVRE WAS NEAR PERFECT, THOUGH THE CRITICAL SEPARATION BETWEEN ENTERPRISE AND ITS BOEING 747 MOTHER SHIP WAS DELAYED THREE MINUTES WHEN MISSION CONTROL IN HOUSTON LOST RADAR CONTACT. THE DELAY APPARENTLY CAUSED NO PROBLEMS.

    WITH ASTRONAUTS RICHARD TRULY AND JOE ENGLE AT THE CONTROLS, THE STRANGE-LOOKING MATED PAIR TOOK OFF FROM THIS DESERT TEST SITE PROMPTLY AT 8 A.M. PDT AND CLIMBED TO AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 28,800 FEET WHERE EXPLOSIVE BOLTS BLEW THE TWO SHIPS APART 49 MINUTES AND 27 SECONDS LATER.

    ENTERPRISE THEN VEERED RIGHT AND UP AND BEGAN A BROAD U-TURN FOR ITS FIVE-MINUTE POWERLESS FLIGHT BACK TO EARTH.

    THE GLIDING SPACESHIP REACHED A SPEED OF MOR THAN 330 MILES PER HOUR AND PERFORMED SEVERAL MANEUVERS TO TEST ITS AERODYNAMICS AND ITS FLYING ABILITY BEFORE AIR BRAKES SLOWED IT DOWN TO A LANDING SPEED OF ABOUT 250 MPH. THE TOUCHDOWN AT 8:54 A.M. PDT APPEARED PERFECT.

    ENGLE AND TRULY ALTERNATELY USED BOTH A CONTROL STICK AND A COMPUTER TO TEST THE SHIP'S FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS AT VARIOUS SPEEDS.

    TUESDAY'S FLIGHT HAD BEEN POSTPONED FROM AUG. 30 BECAUSE OF A TROPICAL STORM WHICH DRENCHED THE DESERT RUNWAYS.

    A THIRD FREE FLIGHT IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 30 AND OTHER TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING OCTOBER.

    THE SHUTTLE ORBITER IS TO BE LAUNCHED FROM CAPE CANAVERAL IN MARCH, 1979, FOR ITS FIRST ORBIT. LATER THAT YEAR, THE FIRST PAYLOAD, SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS TO INVESTIGATE EARTH'S LAND AND SEA ENVIRONMENTS AND STORM SYSTEMS, IS TO BE PUT INTO ORBIT.

    THE SPACESHIP IS TO BE BEGIN MAKING ROUND-TRIPS TO OUTER SPACE AND BACK WITH MEN AND EQUIPMENT DURING THE 19805. THE ORBITER CRAFT ARE DESIGNED TO MAKE AT LEAST 100 ORBITAL ROUND TRIPS EACH, EXPLORING SPACE, LAUNCHING OTHER SPACE CRAFT AND REPLACING AND REPAIRING ORBITING HARDWARE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8IF5ESTAKC877KP69HU83MEQZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8IF5ESTAKC877KP69HU83MEQZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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