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Starfish Prime Technical Results - Atomic Tests

Starfish Prime Technical Results - Atomic Tests

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Starfish Prime was a high-altitude nuclear test conducted by the United States of America on July 9, 1962, a joint effort of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the Defense Atomic Support Agency (which became the Defense Nuclear Agency in 1971).

The enclosed report is a compilation of data available in the field -within approximately 10 days of the Starfish Prime event, together with an introduction to the objectives of Starfish Prime and some tentative
conclusions about the data obtained.
Starfish Prime was a high-altitude nuclear test conducted by the United States of America on July 9, 1962, a joint effort of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the Defense Atomic Support Agency (which became the Defense Nuclear Agency in 1971).

The enclosed report is a compilation of data available in the field -within approximately 10 days of the Starfish Prime event, together with an introduction to the objectives of Starfish Prime and some tentative
conclusions about the data obtained.

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August,
1962
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TECIVICAL
RESULTS
OF
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by:
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Task
Unit
Col.
Leo
A.
Kiley,
Commawler
LSL
Task
Unit
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Iloerlin,
Deputy
Commaner
Sandia
Task
Unit
J.
Scott,
Deputy
Ccander
IRL
Task
Unit
Dr.
F.
C.
Gilbert,
Deputy
Commander
EG&G
Task
Unit
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The
enclosed
report
is a
compilationof
dataavailable
in
the
field
-within
approximately
10
darys
of the
Starfish
Prime
event,
together
with
an
introduction
to
the
objectives
of
Starfish
Primeand
some
tentative
conclusions
about
the
data
obtained.
As
such,
the
reader
is
cautioned
that
all
dataare
tentative
and
in
most
casesobtained
by
"quick
look"
techniques:
in
particular
all
numbers
quoted
are
subjectto
later
correction.
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Abstract
The
Starfish
prime
event
(
detonated
at
l00
1n
altitude
SSW
of
Juhnsto,
Islelid
at
2300
hours, Honolulu
time
on
July
8,
1962)
significantly
increased the
understandingof
high
altitude
nuclear
detonations
and
their
effects.
As
an
aid
topenetration
for
incoming
missiles
by
disrupting
enem
anti-missile
radars,
Starfish
Prime
wasnot
as
effective
as
anticipated.
Detonation
degradation
of
communications
and
radar
surveillance
capabilities
werefound
to
be
appreciably
less
than
expected.
Some
data
were
obtained
on
the
direct effects
of
bomb
 
÷
x
rays
on
materials
carried
on
pods
near
the
burst;
most
pod
experiments
were
not
as
successful
as
desired
because
of
pod
stabilization
and
positioning
difficulties.
Oe
Beta
ray
and
debris
pancakes
were
formed
along
magnetic
field
lines
north
of
the
burst
at
a
distance
VL
of
600
km
at
an
altitude
of
120
to
150
km.
The
effects
of
these
pancakes
were
of
comparatively
short
durations.
A
pancake
was
also
formed
to
the
south
of
the
burst
along
field
lines,
but
a
significant
panceke
did
not
form
under
the
burst.
The
major
visible
effects
of these
pancakes
lasted
for
a
number
ofminutes;
an
auroral
gýow
was
still
in
evidence
four
hours
after
detonation
in
the
north
conjugate
area; ionospheric disturbances
in
the
south
conjugate
area
lasted
for
many
hours.
Significant
amounts
of
debris
were
deposited
alongthe
manetic
field
linesintersecting
thebu-st
location
at
altitudes
vell
above
that
of
the
burst.
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