EMRTC SODAR /RASS Sounding System
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EMRTC SODAR /RASS Sounding System

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r. Kenneth Bainbridge,
left, is interviewed Interpre
tation of the News

." At first Trinity Site was by George Cremeens RASS system, a device that measures temperature and wind conditions in the lower atmosphere up to altitudes of 4 to 5 km. It consists of an acoustic based sounding radar, the from KRNT radio, Des encircled with a fence and Moines, Iowa. radiation warning signs were posted. The site remained off limits to military and civilian personnel of the proving ground and closed to the public. In 1952 the Atomic Energy Commission let a contract to clean up the site. Much of the Trinitite was scraped up and buried. In September 1953 about 650 people attended the first Trinity Site open house. A few years later a small group from Tularosa visited the site on the

anniversary of the explosion to conduct a religious service and prayer for peace. Similar visits were made annually in recent years on the first Saturday in October. In 1967 the inner oblong fence was added. In 1972 the corridor barbed wire fence which connects the outer fence to the inner one was completed. Jumbo was moved to the parking lot in 1979. Trinity Site open houses are now conducted in April and October because it is generally very hot on the Jomada del Muerto in July. (White Sands Missile Range) White Sands Missile Range has developed from a simple desert testing site for the V-2 into one of the most sophisticated test facilities in the world. The mission of White Sands Missile Range begi

ns with a customer -a service developer, or another federal agency, which is ready to find out if engineers and scientists have built something which will perform according to job specifications. It ends when an exhaustive series of tests has been completed and a data report has been delivered to the customer. Between the beginning and the end of the test program, be it the Army Tactical Missile System or newly designed automobiles, range employees are involved in

eveSODARry operation connected with the customer and his product. The range can and does provide everything from rat traps to telephones, from equipment hoists and flight safety to microsecond timing. We shake, rattle and roll the product, roast it, freeze it, subject it to nuclear radiation, dip it in salt water and roll it in the mud. We test its paint, bend its frame and find out what effect its propulsion material has on flora and fauna. In the end, if it's a missile, we fire it, record its performance a

nd bring back the pieces for postmortem ex

TITLE amination. All test data
is altitude reduc
ed and the cust omer re
ceive s a full report. Fo r mo
re information on White
Sands Missile Range or Trinity Site contact: Publi
c Affairs Office (WS cm/s
-P A) White Sands Missile Range, N.M. 88002-5 047
P hone# is (575) 678-1134 Visit the Public Affairs web pag
es for the most up-to-date official information about Trin
ity S ite or the missile range at: www
.wsm r.army.mil Use the links t
o get to the Public
3 (D) neutral
Affairs homepage wher
e you will fin
d a table of contents. This is a drawing of the pa tch wh
ic h was issued to military personnel who parti cipat
DT/DZ ed in the Manhattan P roject. The backgro
und of the pa tch is
b lue to represent the un
iv erse. A white cloud and a lightning bolt form a q
uesti on mark which symbolizes the unknown resul
ts and the secrecy surroundi
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ng the pro
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ject. The lightning New Mexico Tech/bolt extends down to spl