A new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project has been developed which allows individuals, companies and universities to send their scientific experiments into space.
GV Students looking at space shuttle (8 shots)
GV Space shuttle flying and coming in to land (2 shots)
GV Space shuttle landing
HALL: "These students from schools in the State of Utah are preparing to fly their own experiments into space starting in 1980-1981. It is part of NASA's small, self-contained payload programme, sometimes referred to as "Getaway Specials". The R and D packages can weigh up to 200 pounds and measure one and a-half to five cubic feet. The cost will range from 3,000 to 10,000 U.S. dollars with a deposit of 500 dollars to hold the space. In addition to schools, individuals and companies large and small are reserving future space on the shuttle. here are just a few of those who have already reserved space: Dow Chemical, Johnson and Johnson, Batelle Institute, British Aircraft Corporation, Magnetic Controls company, Versa Steel Corporation, Automation Industries Associates, and the General Electric Space Division."
REPORTER: JIM HALL
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Background: A new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project has been developed which allows individuals, companies and universities to send their scientific experiments into space. The aim of the project is to open up areas of experimental research which were previously restricted to authorised military and government scientists. Under the new scheme, cylindrical containers -- about the size of dustbins are rented out to private concerns. Their samples, or experiments are packed in the cylinders which are then stacked in empty corners aboard NASA space shuttles. Seventy seven private experiments have been tentatively planned so far, including studies of the effects of earth-orbit weightlessness on metal alloy, computer parts, ant farms and even a lizard with its tail cut off. Jim Hall sends this report.