• Short Summary

    A giant radio telescope for probing several million miles into outer space is near completion by technicians at Hartebeesthoek, Transvaal, South Africa - it is expected to be fully operational by July 1 and ready to assist in tracking the American Mercury capsule into space later in the month.

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    A giant radio telescope for probing several million miles into outer space is near completion by technicians at Hartebeesthoek, Transvaal, South Africa - it is expected to be fully operational by July 1 and ready to assist in tracking the American Mercury capsule into space later in the month.

    The telescope, filmed June 13, has cost an estimated GBP2 million and is sponsored by the American National Space Administration. Extensive tests of the antenna and ancillary equipment have already been carried out. Mr. Floyd Stoller, the U.S. astro-physicist in charge of erection, said they had been tracking a Cessna aircraft flying at 20,000 to 23,000 feet at its lowest speed to simulate a satellite.

    Weighing 375 tons, the installation will consist of a saucer-like tracking antenna mounted on a steel base set in concrete, steel towers for use in adjusting and signing the antenna; three smaller communication antennas; a self-contained power unit to ensure non-stop operation when necessary; control buildings housing electronic, radio receiving and data processing equipment, and staff quarters.

    South Africa's tracking station will be one in a world-wide series which will maintain unbroken contact with space vehicles. It is the third of its kind and will link up with other radio telescopes in Goldstone, California and Woomera, Australia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAACV0G5MQTLB3MI1SW3ADJJVAR
    Media URN:
    VLVAACV0G5MQTLB3MI1SW3ADJJVAR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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