"Embarrassing Rocket Fizzle" Still Unexplained
Vanguard Fizzle Cause Still Not Determined WASHINGTON (UP) - A spokesman for the U. S. Space Satellite Project said today tha.t experts need "several more days" to determine what caused Friday's Friday's embarrassing rocket fizzle. The spokesman denied reports that the exact cause already has been determined. At the same time, a high Defense Defense Department official said the public will be given complete information information as to why the rocket failed. Moreover, he forecast the Pentagon's full publicity policy on satellite launching attempts will remain unchanged. Project Vanguard Director John P. Hagen and other scientists of the naval research laboratory have been studying since Saturday thousand of feet of film and tele metered data taken Friday when the Vanguard rocket rose four feet of its launching pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., fell to the ground and blew up. The films were flown here by jet plane Friday night and screened screened for the first time Saturday. "The final, exact evaluation of wny the rocket failed," the spokesman spokesman said, "will be made here by Dr. Hagen and others at the Naval Research Laboratory." The spokesman added that so far there is no indicatibn that Hagen has changed his original snap evaluation that the rocket failed because of some mechanical difficulty and not because of faulty faulty design.