• Short Summary

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will attempt 14 August to put into orbit the largest experimental weather satellite ever built by the United States.

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    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will attempt 14 August to put into orbit the largest experimental weather satellite ever built by the United States.

    U.S. Weather Bureau experts estimate that the satellite, the Nimbus-A, if it goes successfully into orbit, will be able to do the work of thousands of ground-based weather stations. The Nimbus-A, which weighs 830 pounds and comprises some 40,000 parts, will be asked to perform more tasks in space than any weather satellite ever launched.

    Nimbus-A will follow eight successful launchings out of eight tries of TIROS weather satellites.

    The weather measuring devices in the base of Nimbus are so devised that they will always point toward Earth. This control system, plus the fact that the satellite will be launched into near-polar orbit, will permit Nimbus to look at the Earth's entire 200-million-square-mile area every day.

    If the Thor-Agena-B launch vehicle successfully places Nimbus in orbit, the cameras and infra red sensors in the satellite will view the Earth from 575 miles up, providing continuous cloud pictures during each 14-orbit day.

    In contrast, the TIROS satellites view about 20 to 25 per cent of the Earth each day.

    The pictures will be transmitted to 62 ground stations. These include stations in the U.S. and 10 built by foreign countries and four by private users. The relatively simple ground stations cost only about $32,000 each.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEZUXEKGWCW9IU3ZD5AL0H0ISR
    Media URN:
    VLVAEZUXEKGWCW9IU3ZD5AL0H0ISR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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