• Short Summary

    THE ALUMINUM AND PLASTIC BALLOON - ECHO II - LAUNCHED BY THE UNITED STATES FROM THE VANDENBERG AIRBASE IN CALIFORNIA.

  • Description

    THE ALUMINUM AND PLASTIC BALLOON - ECHO II - LAUNCHED BY THE UNITED STATES FROM THE VANDENBERG AIRBASE IN CALIFORNIA. YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) IS NOW ORBITING 800 MILE ABOVE THE EARTH. ITS LAUNCH IS THE START OF A SERIES OF PLANNED INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIMENTS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN AND RUSSIA.

    ECHO II BLASTED INTO SPACE IN THE NOSE CONE OF A THOR-AGENA B ROCKET, INFLATED AS IT WENT INTO ORBIT. THE BIGGEST AND SHINIEST MAN-MADE SATELLITE EVER - 135 FEET (42 METRES) IN DIAMETER - IT CAN EASILY BE SEEN FROM THE GROUND WITH THE NAKED EYE.

    IN THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPERIMENT, RADIO SIGNALS WILL BE TRANSMITTED FROM RUSSIA'S GORKY OBSERVATORY VIA THE SATELLITE TO THE JODRELL BANK STATION IN BRITAIN, AND THEN BY CABLE TO THE UNITED STATES. ALTHOUGH EFFICIENT AS GIANT REFLECTORS IN SPACE COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIMENTS. BALLOONS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO OUST 'ACTIVE' COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES LIKE TELSTAR AND RELAY FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATION. BUT BALLOONS HAVE A SPECIAL MILITARY SIGNIFICANCE BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIABILITY OVER SATELLITES IN THEIR PRESENT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT.

    (THE ECHO II LAUNCH OPENS UP A SPECTACULAR SPACE WEEK FOR THE UNITED STATES, FOR TOMORROW (MONDAY) THEY WILL TRY TO PLACE A 37,000 POUND SATELLITE - THE HEAVIEST PAYLOAD EVER INTO ORBIT WITH THE FIRST TEST FLIGHT OF THE MOON SHOT SATURN I ROCKETS).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8RDGSHXU24RP5ARQCKIG040VC
    Media URN:
    VLVA8RDGSHXU24RP5ARQCKIG040VC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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