• Short Summary

    BRITISH, FRENCH AND GERMAN TECHNICIANS HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED THE ASSEMBLY OF 'EUROPA 1' -- THE EUROPEAN LAUNCHER DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION'S (ELDO) FIRST THREE-STAGE SATELLITE LAUNCHER.

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    BRITISH, FRENCH AND GERMAN TECHNICIANS HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED THE ASSEMBLY OF 'EUROPA 1' -- THE EUROPEAN LAUNCHER DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION'S (ELDO) FIRST THREE-STAGE SATELLITE LAUNCHER.

    IN A SPECIALLY CONVERTED YEAST TOWER AT THE HATFIELD, UK, FACTORY OF HAWKER SIDDELEY, THE 104-FT TALL ROCKET HAS BEEN SET UP FOR VITAL VIBRATION TESTS THAT WILL YIELD INFORMATION ON STRUCTURAL WHIPPING AND BENDING STRESSES.

    THIS FIRST EUROPA ROCKET WILL NEVER LEAVE THE GROUND. T'S BUILT SOLELY FOR STATIC TESTS AND ALTHOUGH EXTERNALLY IDENTICAL TO THE FLIGHT STANDARD VEHICLES, WITH COMPLETE FUEL TANKS, SUBSTITUTE MATERIALS SUITABLE; FOR GROUND TESTING BUT NOT FOR FLIGHT HAVE BEEN USED IN ITS MANUFACTURE. HEAVY STEEL PIPES REPRESENT THE MASS AND WEIGHT OF THE ENGINE THRUST CHAMBERS.

    EUROPA 1 COMPONENTS HAVE BEN ARRIVING AT HATFIELD SINCE LAST DECEMBER, AND INDIVIDUAL STAGES WERE MATED TOGETHER ON THE GROUND BEFORE THE INTRICATE OF ASSEMBLY IN THE TOWER WAS UNDERTAKEN.

    DURING VIBRATION TESTS, THE FUEL TANKS OF THE THREE STAGES MAKING UP EUROPA 1 WILL BE BALLASTED, EITHER WITH WATER OR WITH CHEMICALS WHICH HAVE SPECIFIC GRAVITIES SIMILAR TO THE FUELS INVOLVED, TO MAKE UP THE LAUNCH WEIGHT OF THE VEHICLE.

    FOUR STEEL ROPES, ATTACHED TO THE LAUNCHER PINS ON THE PROPULSION BAY OF THE BLUE STREAK FIRST STAGE, WILL SUSPEND THE ENTIRE VEHICLE FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWER. THE VEHICLE IS STRAIN GAUGE WITH MORE THAN 200 READINGS BEING CONTINUOUSLY FED TO A BATTERY OF RECORDERS FOR EVENTUAL COMPUTER ANALYSIS.

    (THE FIRST FIRING OF A COMPLETE LAUNCHING SYSTEM BY ELDO IS PLANNED FOR 1966. THIS WILL USE THE BRITISH BLUE STREAK ROCKET AS ITS FIRST STAGE, THE FRENCH CORALIE AS ITS SECOND STAGE, AND A THIRD STAGE TO BE DESIGNED IN WEST GERMANY.THE LAUNCHING WILL BE FROM WOOMERA, AUSTRALIA.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8Q0TKLL79NGHUYCJTI3ASA1JJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8Q0TKLL79NGHUYCJTI3ASA1JJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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