• Short Summary

    At Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, a Thor-Delta 3-stage rocket was used to put an inflatable sphere - into orbit.

  • Description

    At Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, a Thor-Delta 3-stage rocket was used to put an inflatable sphere - into orbit. The 100-foot-diameter balloon, circling the globe at an altitude of 1,000 miles once every 2 1/1 hours, will help to determine the feasibility of using passive satellites to reflect radio messages between distant points, and could lead to world-wide television and telephone systems.

    The Thor-Delta stands 92 feet high, has a maximum diameter of 8 feet, and weighs, fully fuelled, 112,000 pounds. It carried the plastic balloon folded in a magnesium container; at an altitude of 1,000 miles a small explosive charge split the container and ejected the balloon, which began to inflate in the vacuum of space.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC91DVGJNIT2FV3NR2VD9FSHP
    Media URN:
    VLVAC91DVGJNIT2FV3NR2VD9FSHP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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