Century 21 Tech Talk – Episode Five: Thunderbird 3 | Hosted by Brains from Thunderbirds
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Century 21 Tech Talk – Episode Five: Thunderbird 3 | Hosted by Brains from Thunderbirds

(adventurous music) (phone tones beeping) – [Narrator] Hi folks, welcome back to Century 21 Tech Talk, with me Brains. In this briefing, we’re gonna be discussing the technical specifications
of Thunderbird 3. Thunderbird 3 is the single-stage to orbit reusable space rocket
used by International Rescue. It is piloted by Alan Tracy and John Tracy in a monthly rotation of duty. We’ll talk a little about John when we discuss Thunderbird 5. Alan is the youngest of the Tracy brothers with a love of excitement and adventure. He is a gifted astronaut, having completed his formal training, following a previous course
at Colorado University. Alan was once involved in
the world of motor racing, but gave up his promising career in order to dedicate his
life to International Rescue. Thunderbird 3 is a unique craft adapted from a Tracy Aerospace prototype vessel, the Neptune One, originally built for Project Trident. Thunderbird 3 stands 297 feet high, making it the tallest of the
Thunderbird craft on Earth. It remains on standby deep beneath the Tracy Island Roundhouse, and can be accessed via a couch in the lounge of the Tracy villa. Alan sits on the couch with
his co-pilot Alvin Scott. Mr. Tracy activates the transit mechanism and the couch descends into
the bowels of the island being replaced moments later by an identical couch from below. The couch comes to rest on a bogie truck, which then races through
a connecting tunnel to the launch silo before
coming to a halt under the huge bulk of Thunderbird 3. A hydraulic pole raises
the couch through a hatch in the base of the craft and deposits it into the lounge deck. The pole is then retracted
and the crash hatch is sealed. Alan ascends to the
flight deck by means of the main elevator, begins the essential preflight checks and opens a concealed Launch Bay cover in the centre of the Roundhouse. After a final check that the
axillary cool are secured in the lounge deck, Alan fires Thunderbird 3’s
powerful rocket engines and the craft blasts off its launch pad, soaring up and out through the Roundhouse and into the atmosphere, bound for space. Thunderbird 3 has the most
powerful propulsion system of any craft in the
International Rescue fleet with a launch thrust of 4.5 million pounds and a maximum emergency
acceleration of 10 G. It is a force to be reckoned with. As you know, travelling in the vacuum
of space is very different to conventional atmospheric flight. Thunderbird 3 has a total of 56 control rockets
situated around it frame, used for precision course corrections and delicate rescue manoeuvres. It is primarily used to ferry supplies and equipment to Thunderbird 5 in permanent geostationary Earth orbit. It docks with a space station through the use of a
purpose built boarding tube. Transfer of personnel
and supplies is aided by artificial gravity
plating common to both craft. In addition to supplying Thunderbird 5, Thunderbird 3 is also equipped
to perform rescue operations in Earth orbit and deep space. The craft’s hull is composed of super hardened Cahelium Extract-X, meaning that it is capable of withstanding colossal
heat and radiation, even in close proximity to the Sun. The Radio Complex on Thunderbird
3 can be used to project a powerful safety beam, a radio beam that could
be used to override the reaction control systems
in stricken space vessels, bringing them back under control again. The forward arrow block access
from the flight deck is used in the event Alan needs
to perform a spacewalk to retrieve personnel in distress. The airlock is also
used when an inspection of Thunderbird 3’s exterior
is deemed necessary while the craft is in space. Thunderbird 3 is equipped with a highly sophisticated space scanner, finely tuned to allow the detection of small objects in space. This is particularly useful
when searching for personnel who have become accidentally separated from their space vehicles
and are drifting in the void. One vital feature of
Thunderbird 3’s design is its cargo bay, including a manipulator armature. This can be used to stabilise
other space vehicles that have lost attitude
control and is also equipped with interchangeable tools
for rescue and repair tasks. (phone tones beeping) Librametry, Brain speaking. – Tengine and I were just
putting the apple pies in the oven and the darn fuse blew. – No problem Mrs. Tracy, I’ll be there in the moment. Well folks, I guess that brings us to the end of
another Tech Talk briefing. I must be on my way now as grandma needs some
assistance in the kitchen? See you next time. (phone tones beeping) (adventurous orchestra music) (adventurous orchestra music) (adventurous orchestra music) (adventurous music ending) (theatrical orchestra music) (climatic theatrical music)


  • Gerry Anderson

    Time to learn all about Thunderbird 3 with Brains – coming to you live (sort of) from Tracy Island! Excited?

  • Ace O'Thorns

    An excellent series, drawing on such a long and wonderful history of imagination. Thanks without end for everything.

  • Steve Andy Rogers

    Another fantastic start to the weekend with a great Tech Talk on TB3 and a cameo from Grandma Tracy too. Can't wait for FAB1 next week.

  • Alan Ruyten

    Excellent – as ever! Well done guys. I used to enjoy Thunderbirds episodes featuring TB3, but there weren’t that many, so this reminded me what a great innovation it was. My Dad (ex RAF) used to wind us up by saying he couldn’t understand why the round house wasn’t destroyed by TB3 taking off, which led to much argument and banter lol. Looking forward to more episodes… ?

  • Dalek Sram

    I wish there were more episodes with Thunderbird 3 missions. I would've love to have see one that took place on the Moon.

  • Ian Deeley

    Thunderbird 3 was an often underused craft in the series, yet they rectified it's importance in the 2010's remake! FAB

  • Argus Panoptes

    Amazing that such a powerful rocket could fit through such a narrow space as the hole in the round house without collision

  • Trek001

    Another great video – I had hoped that brains would explain how the replacement couch was placed in the correct position as the first one despite it being slightly to one side.

    Also, is it just me or does Brains have a little dig at Grandma about needing help in the kitchen?

  • Gary French

    I love Chris Thompsons art work. I have all of his Thunderbirds stuff as my computer wallpaper. I wish he would do more of the new ones.. The stuff he has done of the new ones is also fantastic, but need more!

  • Luke Green

    0:20 Thunderbird 3 From Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds The Original Series Is A Bit Like X Wing Fighter From Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back. Thanks Mate. X

  • Ewrecked

    You gotta do a tech talk about that roundhouse cause it’s ability to be unharmed by Thundergoddamnbird 3 roaring through it is MAGIC!

  • Steve Strummer

    The fact that I'm watching this, as a 56 year old bloke, should go some way to exemplifying just how important a part Gerry Anderson and his wonderful creations were of my childhood. The content – and the nostalgic relish with which I'm watching – also goes a long way in explaining why to some extent the 2004 movie, and to a larger extent the latest Thunderbirds Are Go TV series simply just do not evoke the same feelings and enjoyment as did the the original. This is a personal view of course, although I'm certain others will agree, but what got me hooked all those years ago back in the sixties were two things – THE MACHINES, and THE MUSIC. Add to these factors good writing and a show that treated its target audience more like grown-ups than infants, and you have the perfect set up.

    By way of comparison, the 2004 was unashamedly targeted at the age group that the producers thought liked the original series, and as a consequence was written more like an episode of The Chuckle Brothers. The current TV series makes the same mistake to some extent. It also misses because the action is completely centred on set-piece video game-esque incidents, and relies completely on the good v bad paradigm, rather that the imperilled + rescuer slant of the original.

    But I come back again to main point. Neither the film nor the new TAG series have the machines or the music! Be honest, I'll wager that those of you from my generation brought up on Thunderbirds first time around still get that 'certain' enjoyment from the spectacle of a Sidewinder, a Crablogger, a monorail, a Martian rocket in transit, or a TB launch set against the majesty of a Barry Gray masterpiece.

  • Brad Phipps

    Always wondered why the Round House was built to the scale it was. Make it look huge (or makes Thunderbird 3 seem around 50 feet high instead of 287 feet).

  • Luke Green

    0:31 Alan Tracy Thinks He Looks Like Luke Skywalker From Star Wars The Force Awakens In 2015 And Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope In 1977. Thanks Mate. X

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