• Short Summary

    IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS ITALIAN SCIENTISTS HOPE TO LAUNCH A SPACE SATELLITE FROM AN OFF-SHORE PLATFORM IN FORMOSA BAY. 100 MILES (160 KMS) NORTH OF THE KENYAN PORT OF MOMBASSA.

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    IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS ITALIAN SCIENTISTS HOPE TO LAUNCH A SPACE SATELLITE FROM AN OFF-SHORE PLATFORM IN FORMOSA BAY. 100 MILES (160 KMS) NORTH OF THE KENYAN PORT OF MOMBASSA. THE 254 POUND 115 KGS) WILL BE HURLED INTO AN EAST-WEST EQUATORIAL ORBIT BY A 20-TON (15,000 KGS) SCOUT ROCKET PROVIDED BY THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION. (NAASA).

    THE HUGE OFFSHORE ISLAND IS SUPPORTED BY 22 TELESCOPIC LEGS AND LOOKS LIKE AN OIL DRILLING RIG. IT IS HOME FOR MORE THAN 100 ITALIAN EXPERTS WHO HAVE BEEN MAKING THE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE LAUNCH.

    ITALY'S FIRST SATELLITE WAS LAUNCHED FROM THE U.S.A., IN 1964. THIS ONE, THE SAN MARCO B, IS A MORE ADVANCED VERSION WHICH WILL CONTINUE ITALY'S SERIES OF SPACECRAFT DESIGNED TO MEASURE SOLAR RADIATION AN ATMOSPHERE DENSITY AT HIGH ALTITUDE.

    THE TINY BUT INTRICATE SATELLITE, WHICH HAS AN EXTERNAL DIAMETER OF 67 CENTIMETRES (JUST OVER TWO FEET) HAS TAKEN TWO YEARS TO BUILD AND HAS BEEN SUBJECTS TO RIGOROUS TESTING IN ITALY'S SPACE SIMULATOR IN ROME.

    INFORMATION FROM THE SATELLITE WILL BE FED TO MONITORING STATIONS NEAR NAIROBI AND IN ECUADOR, PERU, AND THE GODDARD SPACE CENTRE IN MARYLAND, U.S.A.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAARZEY8V7X66141J79E67D80UX
    Media URN:
    VLVAARZEY8V7X66141J79E67D80UX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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