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Title: New Los Alamos space instrument goes for a spin

Abstract

Scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using a unique centrifuge facility to evaluate a flight-ready telemetry system for evaluating a nuclear weapons test missile launch. "The telemetry unit was designed and manufactured by Los Alamos' Intelligence and Space Research Division," said Telemetry Program Manager Myles Fitzgerald. "Telemetry is a data stream of information on temperature, acceleration, vibration, strain, all the conditions a system encounters during a test flight." Because a test missile flight ultimately ends with the test system completely destroyed, telemetry data from the flight must be collected by receiving stations along the flight path. "The purpose of the centrifuge test is to subject the electronics to a high gravitational load (G-load) that's representative of what the system will experience when re-entering the Earth's atmosphere," said weapons test engineer Alex Cusick.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1487121
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; TELEMETRY; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; SPACE INSTRUMENT; SPACE FLIGHT; FLIGHT TEST; WEAPONS TEST; CENTRIFUGE; GRAVITATIONAL FORCE

Citation Formats

Fitzgerald, Myles, and Cusick, Alex. New Los Alamos space instrument goes for a spin. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Fitzgerald, Myles, & Cusick, Alex. New Los Alamos space instrument goes for a spin. United States.
Fitzgerald, Myles, and Cusick, Alex. Wed . "New Los Alamos space instrument goes for a spin". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1487121.
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abstractNote = {Scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using a unique centrifuge facility to evaluate a flight-ready telemetry system for evaluating a nuclear weapons test missile launch. "The telemetry unit was designed and manufactured by Los Alamos' Intelligence and Space Research Division," said Telemetry Program Manager Myles Fitzgerald. "Telemetry is a data stream of information on temperature, acceleration, vibration, strain, all the conditions a system encounters during a test flight." Because a test missile flight ultimately ends with the test system completely destroyed, telemetry data from the flight must be collected by receiving stations along the flight path. "The purpose of the centrifuge test is to subject the electronics to a high gravitational load (G-load) that's representative of what the system will experience when re-entering the Earth's atmosphere," said weapons test engineer Alex Cusick.},
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