• Short Summary

    AT THE WOOMERA ROCKET RANGE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON MAY 15 NEWSMEN WERE GIVEN THE FIRST PUBLIC VIEWING OF PREPARATIONS FOR THE TEST LAUNCHING OF BRITAIN'S BLUE STREAK ROCKET.

  • Description

    AT THE WOOMERA ROCKET RANGE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON MAY 15 NEWSMEN WERE GIVEN THE FIRST PUBLIC VIEWING OF PREPARATIONS FOR THE TEST LAUNCHING OF BRITAIN'S BLUE STREAK ROCKET.

    THE LAUNCHING -- THE FIRST IN A PROGRAMME OF NINE FIRINGS -- IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, MAY 25. IT'S EXPECTED TO SEND THE ROCKET IN A GREAT ARC STRETCHING ONE THOUSAND MILES FROM WOOMERA TO NEAR TALGARNO, IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

    THE BLUE STREAK - ORIGINALLY PLANNED BY BRITAIN AS A MISSILE -- IS TO BE USED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS AS THE FIRST SECTION OF A THREE-STAGE LAUNCHING VEHICLE TO PUT A SATELLITE INTO ORBIT FOR THE EUROPEAN LAUNCHER DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION, KNOWN AS "ELDO".

    SEVENTEEN TELEVISION, RADIO, PRESS, AND FILM REPRESENTATIVES WHO WERE TAKEN OVER THE LAUNCHING SITE SAW THE BLUE STREAK STANDING SEVENTY FEET TALL ON ITS LAUNCHING PAD, AND A DEMONSTRATION OF THE FINAL TRAINING RUN AT THE EQUIPMENT CENTRE TWO MILES AWAY.

    THE FINAL FIVE MINUTES OF THE COUNT-DOWN WOULD BE DONE AUTOMATICALLY AND IN SILENCE. THE EIGHTY TON ROCKET WOULD BLAST OFF WITH A THRUST OF ONE HUNDRED TONS FROM ITS FUEL OF LIQUID OXYGEN AND KEROSINE AND SHOULD REACH A SPEED OF EIGHT THOUSAND HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR.

    THE ELDO LAUNCHER IS LINKED TECHNICALLY WITH ANOTHER PROGRAMME INVOLVING TWELVE NATIONS FORMING THE EUROPEAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION, KNOWN AS E.S.R.O.

    A TWO WORD ANNOUNCEMENT AT WOOMERA, "AUTOMATIC SEQUENCE", BROUGHT TO A CULMINATION EIGHT YEARS OF PREPARATION AND TRAINING FOR THE BLAST-OFF OF THE FIRST STAGE OF ELDO'S SATELLITE LAUNCHER.

    THE LAUNCHING WILL MARK THE ENTRY OF EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA AS THE THIRD SPACE POWER IN THE WORLD, THE OTHERS BEING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND RUSSIA.

    IT WILL BE THE FIRST TIME A BLUE STEAK WILL HAVE BEEN SHOT INTO THE AIR, AND IT WILL BE BY FAR THE LARGEST VEHICLE LAUNCHED IN AUSTRALIA. THE SEVEN NATIONS CONTRIBUTING TO THE ELDO VENTURE ARE AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, HOLLAND, ITALY, FRANCE, WEST GERMANY, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.

    THE PROJECT -- CONCEIVED THREE YEAR AGO -- IS ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT NINETY-FIVE MILLION POUNDS IN THE FIRST FIVE YEARS.

    THE BLUE STREAK IS CAPABLE OF PUTTING A PAY LOAD OF ABOUT TWO THOUSAND POUNDS INTO AN ORBIT OF ABOUT THREE HUNDRED MILES OR A PAY LOAD OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY POUNDS INTO AN ECCENTRIC ORBIT GOING OUT TO ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MILES. THE COMPLETE LAUNCHER, TO BE KNOWN AS EUROPA, WILL BE RADAR GUIDED FROM THE GROUND.

    MEANWHILE, THE TWO-DAY STAND-DOWN AT WOOMERA HAS LEFT THE SHINING STAINLESS STEEL ROCKET READY FOR THE OPERATIONAL CHECKING OF THE BLUE STREAK ON MONDAY, MAY 18. THE CHECKING WILL BEGIN WITH INSTRUMENTATION AND POWER, PROCEED THROUGH THE AUTO PILOTING SYSTEM, AND THROUGH ENGINE AND SAFETY TO SEQUENCE RUNS. THE COUNT DOWN WILL BEGIN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS BEFORE LAUNCHING, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE BETWEEN ONE P.M. AND THREE P.M. ON MONDAY, MAY 25.

    THE BLUE STREAK WILL CARRY AN EMPTY ONE OF MILD STEEL WEIGHTED FOR BALANCED FLIGHT. THIS WILL TRAVEL ABOUT ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILES TO A HEIGHT OF FORTY MILES AND THEN IT WILL GRAVITATE TO A POINT OF IMPACT AND NO ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE TO RECOVER IT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABVG6P2MF9AWUV204QLTWAPE75
    Media URN:
    VLVABVG6P2MF9AWUV204QLTWAPE75
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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