Accession Number : ADA122341


Title :   Operation ARGUS 1958.


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Corporate Author : KAMAN TEMPO SANTA BARBARA CA


Personal Author(s) : Jones, C B ; Doyle, M K ; Berkhouse, L H ; Calhoun, F S ; Martin, E J


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA122341


Report Date : 30 Apr 1982


Pagination or Media Count : 135


Abstract : In late August and early September of 1958, U.S. Navy Task Force 88, consisting of nine ships and approximately 4,500 men, secretly conducted three high-altitude nuclear tests in the South Atlantic. The code name of the operation was ARGUS. In each of these tests, the task force launched from the missile trials ship, USS Norton Sound (AVM-1), a specially modified X-17a three-stage ballistic missile carrying a low-yield nuclear warhead, which was detonated high in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Upon completion of these launchings on September 6, the task force departed the operating area for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and thence to home ports in the United States. This report details Department of Defense personnel participation in these tests, with an emphasis on radiological safety. (Author)


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION TESTING , TASK FORCES , AIRBURST , HIGH ALTITUDE , NUCLEAR WARHEADS , RADIOLOGY , SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN


Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE