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Despite how subtle it can be, no spacecraft is of any price except it may be tracked appropriately to figure out the place it really is and the way it's performing.At the peak of the distance race, 6,000 women and men operated NASA’s Spaceflight monitoring and information community at a few dozen destinations throughout 5 continents. This community, referred to as the STDN, all started its operation through monitoring Sputnik 1, the world’s first man made satellite tv for pc that was once embarked on house by means of the previous Soviet Union. Over the subsequent forty years, the community was once destined to play a very important position on each near-Earth area venture that NASA flew. even if it was once receiving the 1st tv pictures from area, monitoring Apollo astronauts to the Moon and again, or facts buying for Earth technology, the STDN was once that tricky community behind the curtain making the missions attainable. a few known as it the “Invisible Network,” an indicator of which was once that no NASA project has ever been compromised as a result of a community failure.Read You Loud and Clear! is a old account of the STDN, beginning with its formation within the overdue Fifties to what it's this present day within the first decade of the twenty-first century. It strains the roots of the monitoring community from its beginnings on the White Sands Missile diversity in New Mexico to the monitoring and information Relay satellite tv for pc procedure (TDRSS) space-based constellation of at the present time. the tale spans the early days of satellite tv for pc monitoring utilizing the Minitrack community, throughout the enlargement of the satellite tv for pc monitoring and information Acquisition community (STADAN) and the Manned house Flight community (MSFN), and at last, to the distance and flooring Networks of today.Written from a non-technical viewpoint, the writer has translated a hugely technical topic into old bills instructed in the framework of the U.S. house application. those debts inform how foreign goodwill and international cooperation have been the most important to the operation of the community and why the distance business enterprise selected to construct the STDN how it did. greater than anything, the tale of NASA’s STDN is ready the “unsung heroes of the distance program.”
__________Книга о станциях наземного слежения США. Каким бы "навороченным" ни был космический корабль, он не годится для полёта, если за ним нельзя внимательно следить с Земли и определять, где он находится и как работают его системы. На пике космической гонки между СССР и США около 6 тысяч людей было задействовано в сети наземных станций слежения НАСА (STDN), состоявшей из более чем 20 станций, раскинувшихся на пяти континентах, а также на кораблях в трёх океанах. В этой книге подробно рассказывается о сети STDN, начиная с её создания в конце 1950-х годов и заканчивая тем, что она представляет из себя сегодня, в начале XXI века. Книга написана простым языком и будет интересна не только специалистам.
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To this end, the aphorism “If NASA can put a man on the Moon . . ” has become a part of the English vernacular, perhaps even to the point of being somewhat trite. Satellite and spacecraft—some human, some robotic—sent on their missions into space, are there to make the unknown known. But what ever data that astronauts and instruments record, the information is of no value if it cannot be returned to Earth. At its height, over 6,000 men and women—from network engineers to field technicians to NASA managers—were committed to this vast undertaking.
The tower fired; could not see the tower go. I saw the smoke go by the window. Roger. We confirm staging on TM. Roger . . 5 g’s. Programming. Over . . There the tower went right then. Have the tower in sight way out. Could see the tower go. Jettison tower is green. Roger. 5 g’s. Roger, Seven. Still reading you loud and clear. Flight path looks good. Roger. Auto Retro-Jettison is off; Emergency Retro- Jettison Fuse switch, off; Retro-Jettison Fuse switch, off. UHF/DF to normal. Flight path looks good; steering is good.
Another key compo nent of the camera was its film. Manufactured by the Kodak Corporation, film for the Baker-Nunn used high speed Royal X-Pan emulsion, standard for high grain black and white resolution at the time. 625-mm film size was, however, unique to the needs of the SAO. 7 centimeters). 6 The camera operated by alternately tracking a satellite and the star background. Superimposed on the same strip of film was the image of a crys tal-controlled clock from a separate optical system which was periodically illuminated by strobe lights.