President Eisenhower's message inaugurates powerful new US communications satellite.
Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Washington DC, USA. Cut story with American commentary.
LS Inflatable plastic balloon satellite. MSMagnesium container in which the balloon will be sent off also showing the satellite named "Echo One" which will serve as a reflector for radio waves that bounce back to earth. MS Pan up the 92 foot Thor-Delta rocket. LS Take off, and pan with the rocket as it streaks upwards. Animated visualisation shows how the Thor-Delta is placing the balloon satellite almost exactly into the desired 1,000 mile high circular orbit. The balloon is released and inflated by the powder inside, which turns from a solid into gas under the sun's temperature. MS American President Dwight Eisenhower and others standing by radio set ready to listen to message which is being bounced back from balloon satellite, various shots as technicalities are explained to President Eisenhower.