THE HAYSTACK COMPUTER CONTROL SYSTEM
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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The 120-foot-diameter Haystack antenna operates at X-band and is used for satellite communications, radio astronomy, and radar astronomy. Haystack will be used to study stars, planets, the sun, the moon, and earth satellites. In order to point the antenna to within 110 beamwidth 22 seconds of arc and to provide flexible control and data processing for diverse users, a digital computer has been tightly integrated into the control system. The parameters of an experiment and computer control are arranged via simple operator discourse through a keyboardprinter. The computer system can simultaneously direct the antenna, process receiver signal data, drive convenient operator displays, and permit operator discourse. Thus, processed signal data may be observed in real time, and modifications to the experiment may be rapidly implemented. The computer control system has been completed and is in full operation.
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