From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:15:21 +0700 (GMT+07:00) Archived: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:55:04 -0500 Subject: More On Optical Space Surveillance History (USAF Radar Station Veterans) Update on Optical Space Surveillance History Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:03 am (PST) . Posted by: "chickshackewyc" chickshackewyc@ ----- When Aerospace Defense Command was decommission SAC picked up what was then known as Strategic Defense which included Missile Warning and Space Surveilance sysems. I was stationed at SACCA Headquarters in 1980 and our office was responsible for the oversight of the maintenance and logistics of the following programs: Baker Nunn GEODSS Cobra Dane PARCS PAVE PAWS FPS-85 DSP MGS FYI Neither Baker Nunn nor GEODSS were ever on Ascension Island Ascension was always a radar tracking station. Baker Nunn Camera Network A special satellite tracking camera, designed by James G. Baker and Joseph Nunn, was installed at twelve camera stations around the world between 36 degrees north and 36 degrees south of the equator. Stations were located at: Jupiter, Florida (closed in 1967) Organ Pass, New Mexico (moved to Mount Hopkins, Arizona, in 1968) Maui, Hawaii Curacao, Netherlands West Indies (moved to Natal, Brazil, in 1966) Arequipa, Peru Villa Dolores, Argentina (moved to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, in 1966) Shiraz, Iran (moved to Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, in 1966) Olifantsfontein, South Africa Naini Tal, India San Fernando, Spain; Tokyo, Japan (closed in 1968) and Woomera, Australia (moved to the Space Research Site at Island Lagoon, Australia, in 1964). Cooperative programs enabled Satellite Tracking Program to track satellites at United States Air Force stations at: Oslo, Norway, Johnston Island Kwajalein Island The Royal Canadian Air Force Station were at Cold Lake, Alberta Harvard University's station was at Agassiz Station The geodetic station was at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. GEODSS Network Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance, or GEODSS, is an optical system that uses telescopes, low-light level TV cameras, and computers. It replaced an older system of six 20 inch (half meter) Baker-Nunn cameras using photographic film. There are three operational GEODSS sites that report to the 21st Operations Group: Socorro, New Mexico Maui, Hawaii Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory A site at Choe Jong San, South Korea was closed in 1993 due to nearby smog from the town, weather and cost concerns. Originally, the fifth GEODSS was planned to be operated from a site in Portugal, but this was never built. A mobile telescope that contributes to the GEODSS system is located at Mor=C3=B3n Air Base, Spain Chick Shackewyc USAF, SMSgt Ret. Missile Warning & Space Surveillance Systems ----- Terry W. Colvin Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/ [Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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