Tracking and radar telemetry preparations for NASA project Mercury orbital flights
Florida United States USA Date:1961, April Duration:4 min 0 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Animated map showing planned orbital flight paths planned for Project Mercury and associated telemetry and radar tracking installations worldwide. Chart notes some sites operated by the U.S. Air Force Air Research and Development Command (ARDC). Views of telemetry and radar tracking installation at Mercury network station 17, located at site A-20, Eglin AFB. Operator at control console setting azimuth and elevation controls of the Active Acquisition Aid (AGAVE). (This device is designed to receive the spacecraft telemetering signals and automatically track it, in angle, with sufficient accuracy so the radar can lock on to the spacecraft.) The Aquisition Aid quad helix antenna is seen rotating.
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