NASA Project Mercury spacecraft tracking facility at Eglin AFB
Florida United States USA Date:1961, April Duration:2 min 0 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Operators at work in NASA Project Mercury tracking facility at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. An FPS-16 operator at control console.Other equipment seen include time signal receiver and time standard equipment. Several technicians are seen, some performing diagnostic testing of equipment.. (Note: The FPS-16 units originally planned for the Project Mercury tracking network did not have adequate displays and controls to reliably acquire the spacecraft during orbit. So NASA had them modified to double their range and also incorporated data-handling equipment to facilitate transmissions from all sites to the Mercury Project computers.)
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