Document Details


Title:
OPERATION DOMINIC, FISH BOWL SERIES, PROJECT OFFICERS REPORT - PROJECT 6.12, PIGGYBACK SATELLITE PACKAGES ( DOMINIC I )
Author(s):
BENA, R A [* AF]; BAKER, K [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; GIACCONI, H [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; GURSKY, H [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; HINTEREGGER, H [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; HUGUENIN, R [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; MCINERNEY, R [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; PAPAGANNIS, M [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; PFISTER, W [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; SAGALYN, R [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; SANDOCK, J [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]; ULWICK, J [AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY]
Subject Terms:
DOMINIC I OPERATION; MEASURING METHODS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; IONIZATION; GLOBAL FALLOUT; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; BETA DETECTION; GAMMA DETECTION; FISHBOWL SERIES
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO 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 - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1965 May 03
Declassification Status:
Declassified
Document Pages:
0270
Accession Number:
NV0051394
Document Number(s):
POR2031
Originating Research Org.:
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABORATORY
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
THE PURPOSE OF THE MEASUREMENTS PROPOSED BY PROJECT 6.12 WAS TO INVEST IGATE THE SPREAD OF FISSION DEBRIS AROUND THE GLOBE AND ITS EFFECTS ON IONIZATION AND RADIO NOISE. IT WAS ASSUMED THAT FOR THE HIGH-ALTITUDE SHOT THE FISSION DEBRIS WOULD EXPAND FROM THE DETONATION POINT UNTIL IT WAS STOPPED EITHER BY THE MAGNETIC CONTAINMENT OR, IN THE CASE OF D OWNWARD-MOVING DEBRIS, BY THE DENSER AIR, CAUSING IONIZATION. A HIGH C ONTENT OF ATOMIC IONS IS FORMED IN THIS WAY AROUND 200 KM IN HEIGHT AN D, DUE TO THE LOW RECOMBINATION RATE, IS ONLY SLOWLY REMOVED. THE FISS ION PRODUCTS EVENTUALLY SPREAD AROUND THE EARTH AND, IF CHARGED, WILL FORM A BELT. ANOTHER BELT PRODUCED BY THE TRAPPED FISSION BETAS IS FOR MED EVEN FASTER. THIS BELT WAS EXPECTED TO EMIT SYNCHROTRON NOISE. TO MAKE THESE MEASUREMENTS OF THE WORLD-WIDE AND LONG-TIME EFFECTS. DISCO VERER SATELLITES WERE INSTRUMENTED WITH SPECIALLY DESIGNED RESEARCH PA CKAGES. BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTIES AND SCHEDULE SLIPPAGES ENCOUNTERED IN ATTEMPTING THE NUCLEAR DETONATION, THIS PROJECT WAS NOT ABLE TO OB TAIN DATA DURING THE TIME OF PRIMARY INTEREST. ALTHOUGH THE FOUR DISCO VERER SATELLITES INSTRUMENTED BY PROJECT 6.12 WERE SUCCESSFULLY ORBITE D, THEY WERE NOT OPERATIONAL AT THE TIME OF THE DETONATION. HOWEVER, A LL DATA TRANSMITTED BY THE SATELLITES WILL BE OF INTEREST IN DEFINING THE AMBRENT CONDITIONS PRIOR TO THE DETONATION.


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