Operation PLUMBBOB. Project 2.9. Nuclear Radiation Received by Aircrews Firing the MB-1 Rocket.
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO SANTA BARBARA CA TEMPO
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The objective of this project was to measure the total neutron gamma dosages received by an aircrew delivering the MB-1 rocket an altitude of 19,000 feet MSL. As a secondary objective, the same type measurements were made at locations other than the crew compartment and on other aircraft in the delivery array. Neutron and gamma radiation dosages received by the crew members were less than had been predicted. To some extent this may be attributed to the effect of aircraft shielding, which was not utilized in the theoretical predictions. The experiment proved that the MB-1 air-to-air rocket can be successfully launched by the F-89 aircraft at 19,000 feet MSL with a radiation dose to the delivery crew within acceptable limits. Author
- Nuclear Radiation Shielding, Protection and Safety