tSRO TO ORBIT FIRST SATELLITE NEXT MONTH
first launchingatellite built by the European Space ?esearch Organization riginally scheduledBid-March, has been postponed until next month. The occasion will mack an
important step in the European space research effort. The small vehicle will contain instruments to investigate solar astronony and cosnic rays. It will be launched fro* the Western Test Range in CaliforniaJS Scoutbooster.
fssO, with headquarters in Paris, waa founded three years ago by ten nations of Western Europe toooperative progran of basic space research. It has had financial anddLfEicLities, and its space launchings thus far have been restricted to sounding rockets. Over the next few years. ESROodest schedule fcr scientific satellites, to be launched both by US spaceandew European-built
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launch vehicle now being
Looking to tho future, ESRO envisions such complex and ojtbi-tious projects as astronomical satellites and lunar probes. Moreover, ESRO ha*tudy of European connunicatIons satellite technology. It has the technology and facilities toeading role if thedecide to develop their
own regional communications satellite system. There are no indications that the countries of Western Europe propose to challenge INTELSAT in global communications,rogram tomall regionala concept at this stage--could help put ESRO on the firm financial footing which
it needs for its program ot
scientific space research.
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