• Short Summary

    After a Jan 11 press conference on progress in America's "Project Mercury" man-into-space programme, Major John Glenn, one of the astronauts in training, demonstrated the pilot's techniques at the controls of a capsule trainer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Centre, Langley Field, Virginia.

  • Description

    1.
    MV. Astronaut eased into capsule.
    0.13

    2.
    MV. Rear view - Technician at instrument panel for talk back.
    0.16

    3.
    CU Astronaut in capsule (SOF starts) "Launch control all ready..." ends "Block operating."
    0.32

    4.
    CU. Astronaut's hand operating levers etc.
    0.38

    5.
    CU. Astronaut in capsule (SOF starts) "Separate capsule - light on red..." ends "...on A.S. -C.S. automatic system".
    0.59


    US. commentator's voice for guidance.



    Glenn: "Roger". (Meaning he understands.)



    Control: "Four, three, two one, launch."



    Glenn: "Roger"..."Time zero did not operate...Operated manually...Lift off block operating..."



    Control: "Separate capsule."



    Glenn: "Light on red working manually."



    Control: "Manually fully separate capsule."



    Glenn: "Light on green...now capsule separated from rocket."



    Control: "Roger capsule."



    Glenn: "Roger, automatic system operating..damping O.K. simulating space flight..yawing and turning to orbit altitude on A.S.C.S. automatic system.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: After a Jan 11 press conference on progress in America's "Project Mercury" man-into-space programme, Major John Glenn, one of the astronauts in training, demonstrated the pilot's techniques at the controls of a capsule trainer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Centre, Langley Field, Virginia.

    Wearing a space-flight suit, he was eased into a dummy capsule and put through simulated take-off and flight routines beginning with a voice in his earphones saying "Launch control all ready. Stand by for count down."
    Officials sources have said an attempt to fire a man on a non-orbiting ballistic flight-125-miles high and 200 out over the Atlantic-might be made in late March or early April 1961. As a preliminary test, a Chimpanzee may be sent on a non-orbiting flight in the very near future.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA290SSMRN887SAGKFERNCZSEA4
    Media URN:
    VLVA290SSMRN887SAGKFERNCZSEA4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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