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    Two High Wycombe scientists want to be the first men on the moon.

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    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

    Two scientists have designed a rocket they believe will get them to the moon. They are Mr Ross and Mr Smith. Various C/Us of the scientists at the drawing board and C/Us of their drawings of spaceships, a landing base and space suits. Their drawings of space suited men look very science fiction.

    They haven't got the money to put their plans into action alas!

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    New pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:22:00 / 01:49:23:00
    NP 145

Comments (4)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Mr Ross and Mr Smith" are Harry Ross and Ralph Smith.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Yes, R.A.Smith and H.E.Ross of the British Interplanetary Society (still going strong -- see Facebook), for which this was a design study. I met them both, and Ralph inspired my own art. But what a pity the 'tag' above says 'science fiction'. It was not then, and is not today -- as Apollo proved! (The LM incorporated many features predicted by Smith and Ross.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Is it possible to see the whole of this anywhere?

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  4. Martyn Jutsum says

    Two great men of several at the British Interplanetary Society 'BIS' It seems shameful that journalist, AC Clarke still receives posthumous credit for a 'Wireless World' magazine article, reporting a paraphrased conversation he had with the actual designers of the original communications satellite; Smith & Ross. They told Clarke during a BIS meeting; inspiration to 99% of his sci-fi concepts, such as 'Childhood's End' & 'The Sentinel' from which '2001 A Space Odyssey' were conceived. Two of Clarke's best known book plots, were actually written by Ralph's young son, Ashtyn Hereward Smith, a future RAF/ NASA Aerospace Engineer. Anyone doubting these historic facts can visit the BIS in South-West London to see the plethora of pictorial and textual evidence that adorn its inner sanctums. ALL the drawings and texts describing the earliest orbital satellites were the works of BIS founding member R Smith, HRoss & J Edwards. Their works (texts and illustrations) predate any of AC…

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