• Short Summary

    WORK IS NEARING COMPLETION ON A TRACKING STATION NEAR PRETORIA IN SOUTH AFRICA WHICH WILL BE A VITAL LINK IN THE FORTHCOMING FRENCH ARTIFICIAL SATELLITE PROGRAMME.

  • Description

    WORK IS NEARING COMPLETION ON A TRACKING STATION NEAR PRETORIA IN SOUTH AFRICA WHICH WILL BE A VITAL LINK IN THE FORTHCOMING FRENCH ARTIFICIAL SATELLITE PROGRAMME.

    THE STATION, AT PAARDEFONTEIN, HAS BEEN BUILT BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT AT A COST OF R600,000 (GBP300,000). ALREADY THE ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL ROOM BLOCK IS COMPLETE. PART OF PROJECT DIANE -- THE TRACKING NETWORK-- THE STATION IS EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR. THE SATELLITE PROGRAMME IS PLANNED TO BEGIN TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

    ALREADY FRENCH ELECTRONICS EXPERTS ARE WORKING IN THE CONTROL ROOM INSTALLING GENERATORS AND HIGHLY SENSITIVE EQUIPMENT.

    THE STATION IS SIMILAR TO ANOTHER ALREADY CONSTRUCTED AT HAMMAGUIR, IN THE SAHARA DESERT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF3ORYX2KH6XOA8DGL4MV1JJCF
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3ORYX2KH6XOA8DGL4MV1JJCF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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