OPERATION ARGUS. Satellite Measurements
KAMAN TEMPO SANTA BARBARA CA
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Following a theory on the trapping of electrons from nuclear explosions by the magnetic field of the earth, DOD initiated Operation Argus in May 1958 to provide an experimental check of the theory. Nuclear devices were detonated at great altitudes, and the ensuing effects were measured by instrumented satellites, rocket probes, and land and sea observation stations in various parts of the world. This report describes the Argus Satellite Project, the broad theory of the Christofilos effect, the measurements of the background radiation, and the measurement of the effect itself. After each Argus nuclear detonation, the instrumented satellite reported a new and well-defined radiation belt that persisted before many hours. Keywords include Satellite measurements, Radiation instrumentation, Radiation measurements, Electron plasma, and NTPRNuclear Test Personnel Review.
- Atmospheric Physics