OPERATION SANDSTONE. Nuclear Explosions. 1948. Appendix C to Report Number 10. Special Vehicles for OPERATION SANDSTONE.
ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION WASHINGTON DC
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Two tanks type M-5 were modified and provided with radio control equipment so that these tanks could be directed by remote control to a designated spot and a sample of earth procured in a scoop mounted on the front of the vehicle. Control transmitters were provided so that the vehicles could be operated from a distance, either from a stationary platform or from a helicopter in flight. The special tanks performed satisfactorily and accomplished the mission for which they were designed. However, the operation demonstrated that changes in the design of the vehicles are desirable. For any future operation under similar conditions, a lighter, wide-track vehicle, is recommended.
- Reciprocating and Rotating Engines