Project METEOR San Nicolas Island Site Survey. Volume 3.
NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND WASHINGTON DC CHESAPEAKE DIV
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Project METEOR is the code name for experiments that determine the behavior of a laser beam through the marine atmosphere. San Nicolas Island, off the California coast, was chosen as a project site because the atmosphere on the islands northwest coast exhibits minimal terrestrial effects. Part of the project involved the installation of a jack-up research barge, with meteorological instrumentation attached, to gather data. The plan called for the installation of SIR ROBERT offshore the northwestern end of San Nicolas Island to provide a platform where meteorological measurements could be made, free from surf and island atmospheric effects. Preliminary design studies were conducted to determine the design modifications which would be necessary to utilize the moveable jack-up barge, SIR ROBERT, as a fixed-location, gravity-stabilized instrument platform at San Nicolas Island. The engineering design and analysis work are reported in Volume II of Report FPO-1-7717. The overall Executive Summary of the work accomplished for this project is presented in Volume I of Report FPO-1-7717.
- Marine Engineering