• Short Summary

    America's progress in the race to produce a successful submarine missile took a further step on May 1st when the United States Navy Polaris missile - designed to be fired underwater from a submarine - completed a series of regular tests in the San Francisco shipyard.

  • Description

    America's progress in the race to produce a successful submarine missile took a further step on May 1st when the United States Navy Polaris missile - designed to be fired underwater from a submarine - completed a series of regular tests in the San Francisco shipyard.

    Scheduled for full operational tests in 1960, the Polaris is currently being tested on an intricate launching apparatus in the San Francisco shipyard which fires a dummy made of steel and concrete.

    The Polaris is an intermediate range missile powered with solid fuel - a fuel that can only be used after the missile has been catapulted from the submarine and into the sky.

    This means a special launching equipment and a major problem for the Lockheed company - developers of the rocket - and Westinghouse, builders of the launching apparatus.

    The dummy missile carries instruments to show how well it stands up to sudden acceleration - climbing slowly into the air and then dropping into the still waters of the harbour.

    Main feature of these tests is that the dummy can be used again and again. As the missile goes up, a small preserver spins off into the water, carrying a rope fastened to the nose of the missile. A boat crew then retrieves the nose of the missile and sends it back for another shoot.

    So far the Navy's official comment on the tests is "Highly Successful".

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    Film ID:
    VLVABWI6BEIFACX9AXXT5HQLR822M
    Media URN:
    VLVABWI6BEIFACX9AXXT5HQLR822M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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