• Short Summary

    JAPAN'S RACE WITH THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, FRANCE AND ITALY TO KEEP HER LEAD IN ULTRA-HIGH SPEED TRAINS HAS TAKEN A NEW AND EXOTIC TURN.

  • Description


    ROCKET PARTS BEING ASSEMBLED; ROCKET ALONG TRACK; ROCKET CRASHES AT END OF RUN.




    Initials JBC/VS/JB/MJB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: JAPAN'S RACE WITH THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, FRANCE AND ITALY TO KEEP HER LEAD IN ULTRA-HIGH SPEED TRAINS HAS TAKEN A NEW AND EXOTIC TURN. A JAPANESE PROFESSOR IN CONDUCTING TESTS WITH ROCKET-POWER WHICH WOULD ENABLE TRAINS TO TRAVEL AT THE SPEED OF SOUND. HE HAS BEEN TESTING THE IDEA DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

    THE MAN BEHIND THE EXPERIMENTS IS PROFESSOR HISANOJO OZAWA, OF MEIJO UNIVERSITY IN NAGOYA, CENTRAL JAPAN. HIS TRAIN WOULD TRAVEL OVER ROLLERS, WITH ROCKETS TAKING OVER THE PROPULSION WHEN IT REACHES A SPEED OF 186 MPH (300 KPH). THE MOST DIFFICULT PROBLEM, HOW TO PREVENT THE TRAIN COMING OFF THE ROLLERS HAS, HE SAYS, BEEN SOLVED.

    THE TESTS, IN THE UNIVERSITY GROUNDS, HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT WITH A 10-FOOT (3.5-METRE) MODEL WEIGHING 100 LBS. (45.8 KILOS). SPEEDS OF 571 MPH (920 KPH) HAVE SO FAR BEEN REACHED UNDER TWO-ROCKET THRUST.

    THE IDEA IS THAT THE TRAIN OF THE FUTURE WOULD BE POWERED BY FOUR JET ENGINES EACH WITH A THRUST OF 10 TONS. IT WOULD TRAVEL OVER ROLLERS PLACED EVERY 328 FEET (100 METRES) ON FRAMES RESEMBLING HURDLES.

    PROFESSOR OZAWA SAYS THAT ONCE THE SCHEME IS RUNNING, IT WOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT TO DEVELOP A SUPERSONIC TRAIN RUNNING THROUGH A VACUUM TUBE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1HD3OF3N5131NPABU0BF5T205
    Media URN:
    VLVA1HD3OF3N5131NPABU0BF5T205
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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