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Author Topic: Minitrack stations  (Read 291 times)
KB0TXC
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« on: January 15, 2009, 09:10:27 PM »

This is not really an amateur radio issue, but is related to radio listening and space comms. Way back when the US was just getting into space with the little Mercury space capsules, Never A Straight Answer (NASA) built a series of "minitrack" stations around the world to track the spacecraft. Mercury had no computers (on board that is), and was completely controlled with analog methods. The minitrack stations were used for comms and telemetry. Some were in very remote places such as isolated islands in the pacific.

I have heard from somewhere that some of these stations are still in existence, and even that some are actually maintained in original condition by local peoples.

If anyone has any info on this, I would be very interested, as I am a big fan of our early pre-commercial space program.

Best and 73,

Joe KB0TXC
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