Document Details


Title:
OPERATION WIGWAM, MAY 1955, PROJECT 2.1, COLLECTION OF EARLY WATER SAMPLES FOR RADIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS AND YIELD DETERMINATION
Author(s):
Document Location:
Location - DOE/NNSA NUCLEAR TESTING ARCHIVE Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - NTA@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1955 May 31
Declassification Status:
Unknown
Document Pages:
0015
Accession Number:
NV0006182
Document Number(s):
WT1039SUPERSED
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
OpenNet Modified Date:
2003 Sep 18
Description/Abstract:
WT-1039 (SUPERSEDES ITR-1089); PROJECT 2.1 PROVIDED ESSENTIALLY A SUPP ORT FUNCTION FOR OPERATION WIGWAM. SURFACE AND THERMOCLINE-DEPTH WATE R SAMPLERS WERE AIR-DROPPED ACROSS THE SHOT SITE WITHIN 21 MINUTES AFT ER SHOT TIME, AND RADIOACTIVELY SELF-TRIPPING SAMPLERS WERE TOWED THRO UGH THE AREA WITHIN 1 HOUR; HOWEVER, THE DELAYED ENTRY BY RECOVERY CRE WS AND THE SINKING OF SAMPLERS DUE TO VORTEX MOTION IN THE WATER LARGE LY VITIATED THE PROPOSED OBJECTIVE OF FURNISHING EARLY, RADIOACTIVE WA TER SAMPLES TO AGENCIES INTERESTED IN WEAPON-YIELD ANALYSIS. AN ATTEM PT TO MARK THE SHOT AREA BY LAYING A LINE OF FLOATING RANGE BUOYS EQUI PPED WITH PARACHUTE DROGUES ACROSS SURFACE ZERO WAS UNSUCCESSFUL FOR T HE SAME REASONS. A JOINT AERIAL SURVEY OF THE AREA (WITH PROJECT 2.4) , WHICH WAS AIMED AT FORECASTING AND DOCUMENTING THE EARLY RADIOLOGICA L AND HYDRODYNAMIC SITUATION IN THE WATER AFTER THE SHOT, WAS HIGHLY S UCCESSFUL. AN INTERPRETATION OF THE CHARACTER OF THE WATER MOTION FOR THE FIRST 2 HOURS, AS DEDUCED FROM VISUAL EVIDENCE, IS INCLUDED.


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