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Launching facilities at the B 2 complex vary with the location. The main installation, from which are fired both sounding rockets as well as military guided missiles, has a blockhouse made of reinforced concrete with a parabolic roof. The windows for viewing firings are 4 in. thick. It is located only about 1000 ft behind the launch position. Within this structure are the usual firing consoles, automatic programming equip ment, range safety devices, and closed-circuit television monitors .
10) to a plotting table. Another system of this type, developed by the Royal Radar Estab lishment, also displays position on a plotting table after appropriate computation of Cartesian coordinates . , has been installed near Mt. S. venture. It has an 85-ft diameter dish and two antennas that simultaneously operate on frequencies of 55 Mc/sec and 135 Mc/sec. It is slaved to the AN/FPS-6 radars at Mirikarta and Red Lake for target acquisition. Woomera also has a specially designed tracking system known as the MTS (Missile Tracking System).
A 7-in. diameter gun with a very long barrel is also being developed for use at the range. Used in conjunction with the 16-in. launcher, it will permit the simul taneous launching of a chemical payload to altitudes of 250,000 ft and an electron-density probe. In addition to a variety of meteorological experiments, rockets launched from Barbados also perform reentry studies and engineering development studies. Rockets are tracked by radar and phototheodolites. A special telemetry system operating on a frequency of 250 Mc/sec is currently used; however, a transmitter with a frequency of 1680 Mc/sec is under development.
Advances in space science and technology. Volume 7 by Frederick I. Ordway