PROJECT WEST FORD PAYLOAD TELEMETRY SYSTEM
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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The beacon track and performance telemetry system used in the various Project West Ford communication payloads is described. The dipole dispensing rate, the dispenser spin, tumble and temperature, as well as the system power- supply voltage, were measured and transmitted to the West Ford sites by means of a pulseduration modulation system. In addition, the telemetry transmitter served as a beacon for accurate groundbased radar tracking of the payloads. The most important system considerations were efficiency, low power, simplicity, and high reliability. A tabulation of the received data and the interpretation of the data are given.