The Launching is an episode from the Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons television series.


Mervin Brand, a reporter for The Tribute newspaper, is killed in his jet by lightning while en route to the press conference with President Roberts. When reconstructed promptly by the Mysterons, so Tribute Control don't suspect that the real Mervin Brand has crashed and died, the Mysteron Brand continues his flight to the press conference, but is stopped by the Angels who have strict instructions to attack & destroy any aircraft violating the restricted airspace over the President's residence, due to his life being under siege by the Mysterons. His arrogance and egotism don't help matters, as he believes the enemies preparing to kill him will not achieve their latest ploy of revenge, and ignores the fact that the Mysterons killed the Director-General of the United Asian Republic. Spectrum continue to pursue his residence, but when the President reveals the new atomic-liner ship, built by the Trans-Pacific Shipping Corporation, is being named after him and is set to be released from port today, Captain Scarlet grasps that the Mysterons intend to destroy the "President Roberts" ship, and not the man himself.


  • The festive music being played at the site of the launching was previously heard in the Fireball XL5 episode Flying Zodiac.
  • When the episode was originally written and filmed, the Tribune newspaper was called Chicago Tribune, which is a real daily newspaper. Seemingly it took until after filming for the producers to realise that the name may have potentially infringed trademark rights, because each and every scene that somehow involved the words "Chicago Tribune" had to be reshot. Also, for one reason or another, almost every scene of the presidential residence required reshooting. All of the remounted scenes were shot in the latter half of 1967.
  • All original scenes, as well as those that did not have to be reshot, were filmed in late May 1967 (and possibly in the June of that year too).