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Satellite Tracking Program: Station Files, 1957-1964

Catalog Data

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Assistant Director (Administration)  Search this
Tillinghast, Carlton W  Search this
Harmon, Vaughan  Search this
Drummond, Kenneth H  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Satellite Tracking Program  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Assistant Director (Management)  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Meteor Simulation Project  Search this
United States Air Force  Search this
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
Black-and-white photographs
Oslo (Norway)
Wallops Island (Va.)
Series Level Description
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Consists of records documenting the operation of the Satellite Tracking Program's (STP) twelve satellite tracking stations. Also included are files on the United States Air Force tracking stations at Oslo, Norway, and the Meteor Simulation Project Station at Wallops Island, Virginia. Much of the material is routine and consists of copies of correspondence sent to the Assistant Director (Management) by the Station Operations Division which administered the tracking stations. Subjects included in the records are the tracking of satellites, operation of the Baker-Nunn tracking camera, construction and maintenance of the stations, and relations between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and foreign countries where stations were located. These records were primarily maintained by Assistant Director Carlton W. Tillinghast (1961-1969) and when the position was known as the Assistant Director (Management). There are smaller amounts of records created by his predecessor, Kenneth H. Drummond (1959-1961), and the Executive Officer, Vaughan Harmon. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, photographs, and related records.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
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Baker-Nunn camera  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00634
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Satellite Tracking Program: Station Files 1957-1964 [Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Assistant Director (Administration)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives