• Short Summary

    A 280-pound (127 kg) West German satellite designed to gather information about the earth's upper atmosphere was launched on Saturday (Dec 16) in California.

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    A 280-pound (127 kg) West German satellite designed to gather information about the earth's upper atmosphere was launched on Saturday (Dec 16) in California.

    The satellite, Aeros, carried equipment for five experiments and was designed to operate for six months.

    The satellite cost West Germany 65 million Marked(about nine million sterling) to build.

    It was launched by an American rocket.

    The launching was the second co-operative programme between the West German Ministry for Scientific Research and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    SYNOPSIS: In California on Saturday, technicians made final checks on a rocket and satellite to be used in a joint experiment between the United States and West Germany. It's the second such experiment carried out by West Germany's Ministry of Scientific Research and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    An American rocket, the Scout, was used as the propellant for a German satellite called Aeros. It is designed to investigate the various physical processes that take place in the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere.

    In all, Aeros is to carry out five experiments -- four of them for West German scientists, and the other for the Americans. It will make its observations from a near polar orbit.

    All data collected by the satellite will be sent back to the main West German tracking station and to other stations in Finland, Canada and Iceland.

    Saturday night....and the final countdown begins at the test range. It was a perfect lift-off. The four stage Scout rocket was carrying West German built equipment costing about nine million pounds sterling The experiment was designed to last for six months.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABOAX3NAPJDZHCVPCV5Q5HYFIB
    Media URN:
    VLVABOAX3NAPJDZHCVPCV5Q5HYFIB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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