Operation Fish Bowl
DEFENSE ATOMIC SUPPORT AGENCY WASHINGTON DC
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This document is a military weapons effects program for Operation FISH BOWL, a high altitude test to be conducted at Johnston Island in the spring, 1962. The Operation consists of three shots a System proof test - 1 May 1962 - non-nuclear. b BLUE GILL - 1 June 1962 - c STAR FISH - 15 June 1962 - 1.45 MT at 400 Km. The warheads and instrumentation pods will be carried to altitude by suitably modified Thor boosters. The tests will be conducted under the operational control of JTF-8. The purpose of the Operation is to satisfy urgent JCS stated requirements for weapons effects data. The data sought concerns ICBM kill mechanisms and vulnerability, penetration aids, retaliatory force capabilities, AICBM effectiveness, early warning systems, intelligence satellites, and communications and control. The physics information to be obtained in seeking answers to the above lies in the areas of debris location, debris charge, production and loss of electrons in the fireball production and loss of electrons in the ionosphere, electromagnetic noise, and absorption and refraction of electromagnetic waves, nuclear, thermal and X-radiations output and damage mechanisms, electromagnetic pulse output and damage mechanisms, and ultra-violet through infra-red radiations output, damage and attenuation.
- Nuclear Weapons
- Nuclear Instrumentation