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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta JO THE IETHBR1DCE HERALD Tliuridciy, September Lttle publicity is given, lo Vandenberg opera'don American sky spies can see every point on earth every day SANTA MUNICA-llrivo 150 miles n o r I li iilong Ilic broad nil enemy in any nuclear war. Situated near the lillle lown Pacific Coast Highway from of Lumped, California, Vandcn- Santa Monica, past the Malibu berg has 4-1 limncl beaches and their colonies of bronzed surfers, and yon come upon Uie lighlly-giiardcd U.S. Air Force base ol Vandenbcrg, Hie vast launching situ for Am- erica's military satclliles the spies-in-thc-sky lhal serve every point on earth at least once a day. Little publicity is given lo Vandcnhcrg, HIP largest mis- sile-testing ground in the West- ern world, and the USAF likes it that way. As Hie heart of America's super-secret 'milsal" operations, the base would be In'gh on the list ol targets for range ten times Ihe size of Cape Kennedy, with ffi? miles of roads and OFcrations- rclaled buildings. But few C'ali- fornians on this lonely coast sec Hit vockels thai blaze away from Hie bluff overlouking Hie Pacific Ocean. Some two-thirds of the 450- plus U.S. satellites launched since HIJII have bad military tasks, and most of these were into Norlh-Soulli ed with reflecting mirrors, give. a focal length of lest with wliicb they can pick out the names on cars from altitudes of 100 miles. USEFUL HOLE Mi plod. sile arsenals being built up by ll'c Russians in Siberia. And Ilicy have hclpcu lo reveal niovemrjnl ol Iheir eighing 1115 tons' wanlecl noise while allowing The super-cameras can also nvssilc silos behind _ spot missile-bearing Russian i Canal, in violation of submarines, Chinese 1CBM I die East ceasefire. This satel- ilsals have been able to ex-1 rics high and wcighh _ lo mylhs of huge new mis- this "ear" was] the satellite signal !.o come used to track signals from Ilirough with perfect clarity." Apollo mooncraft which were then relayed by the television networks to viewers silling al the Suez the Mid- launching sites, troop move- ments in Eastern Europe, Ir.st firings of new rockets from the U.S.S.R.'s Siberian experimen- tal stations and much more. certainly helped keep the peace lasl August, when Arab Israeli relations reached flashpoinl. Vandcnbcrg base also scnl Indeed, Ihc secrecy ol cold war up Ihe vital "Eye o[ a days has been so shallercd by i iniilli purpose salellile thai sent spinning i Polar crbil from VamlenbfM'g. Tlie earth's East-West relation llien allows them lo survey Hie i enemy, they are playing a complete surface of Ihe plobc. j ful role in world peace-keeping mains "fixed'' over a point se- Their "folded" cameras, pack-' operations. home. The Department of Defence has just ordered a fresh clutch of the super-antennae from the Philco-Ford complex near San Francisco, where employment increased by a third in (lie past year. At a cost of each, Ilic machines are plug- ging a gap in California's Irou- blcd aerospace industry. The antennae are miracles of Time limit is extended on Rolls-Royce contract LONDON (fleulcrl The British government has decided to extend the time limit for fin- alizing Rolls-noyce-Lock- heed contract for the RB-2H en- gine project till Sept. 22. the de- partment of Irade and industry announced Wednesday. When a new contract was ne- financial guarantees lo ensure 2 Ihat Lockheed Aircraft Corp. Star airbus. would slay in business. bank loans but now has told the j gotiated for production of Hie HB-211 for the Lockheed following Ihe financial collapse of Rolls Royce Ltd., resumption ofjgency loan guarantee hoard lo complete its review of Lock- heed's application for a guaran- tee by Sept. 8. Ihe spy satellites thai some dip-1 hovers permanently over Soulh lomals believe thai by reduc-1 China and North Vietnam. Its rugged enough lo use as but- tresses for the Golden Cialc Bridge. Ihe eurvalure of Ihe antenna itself is machined lo Ihirty-one Ihousandlhs of an inch for accurate reception of signals from space. Bnl Ihese are weak, and must compete with man-made as well as slel- lar radio interference. I "A salellile signal is like a liny whisper in a booming says a National 1 Aeronautics and Space Ad- ministration (NASA) electronic engineer. It has to be filtered out. So the weak signal is fed into a paramelric amplifier which is refrigerated down al- most to absolute zero This is because at zero, all molecular v i b r a liens cease, 1 (he coast. Ten stc-' and we can "freeze out" all un- i leclcd by ils Californian con- Irol, using its infra-red and X-ray cameras to monitor laiinchings of Kussia's Frac- tional Orbital Bombardment satellites which circle the globe before reluming lo earlh. X-ray sensors can also pick up the radiation given off by a nuclear bomb lesl. while film sensitive lo infra-red radiation can track engine for Lockheed's Tri-: darkened convoy moving The speed of transmission is the speed of lighl miles per second which means Ihat a signal from the moon lakes only 20 seconds to c a c h earlh. Even when Ihe signal is relayed onwards by convenlional land lines or earlhbound micro-waves, it will take only 180 seconds for a satellite lo Iransmil pictures of bombing .strikes in South Viet- nam to Ihe Pentagon in Wash- ington. The U.S. has these ground stations not. only in California, of course, but around the globe ed. But many expeiis believe lhal shultle should he launched from Vandenberg air base rather than Cape Ken- nedy, for bolh practical and strategic reasons. A Californian launch and re- covery sile would mean Ihou- sands of jobs and billions of dol- lars to lire Golden State. At NASA's big space research cenlre al Ames, near San Fran- cisco, work on the project is already far advanced. It ranges from the awe-inspiring lo Ihe mundane, from problems of how lo send man to the oulcr planets lo how lo dispose ol human wastes. At a recent conference ot Hawaii, at Asmara in i space engineers meeting in San Ethiopia, at the NASA base in I Francisco this latter Australia, in ships of the U.S. was solved along wiln other Sixth Fleet. Fore fashion that's eyeOK A major political struggle is now going on to make Califor- nia the sile of America's next giant step into space. The multi-billion dollar space shut- questions of life support in space: "Each human aboard Ihc spacecraft will produce 3.8 pounds of wastes a day, "the scientists were "Urine will be separated electrolylically along a road by night. In Ihe meantime, the British i TRACK SIGNALS The U.S. government agreed i government is pumping funds some weeks ago lo the principle; into Rolls-Royce to keep the en- o I guaranteeing Lockheed's gine project alive. j Much of Ihe enormous range of information gathered by mil- sal.s is obtained Ihrough a net- A government spokesman worh of -ground terminals" antennae, British government Ihat il will sajti Wednesday that Lockheed i dish-shaped not be possible for ils emer and Rolls-Royce had asked for! sucn as the one al Jamesbiirg Hie contract deadline to be ex- Eaiih Slation. near Carmel, on tended lo Sept. 22. He a large manned space inlo organic salts and pure wa- craff which will be carried into j ler which can be stored for orbit by a re-usable booster drinking. Faeces will be dried rocket will be built by Cali- under tpace vacuum conditions fornia's aerospace firms. Con- j and stored as a lightweight, tracts have already been sign- compact and inoffensive solid.' ENGLISH FOR NEW CANADIANS Taught by Y.W.C.A. Watch Friday's papar for dates. one ol the conditions imposed! This was the date originally by the British gavernmcnt in! intended for implementing a underwriting the firm was lhal; new Rolls-Royce-Lockheed con- Ihe Uniled Stales should provide' trad for the supply "f llir RB Car experience was nightmare LONDON (AP) Nyuk Kong Pang poniev by today IniL tlic world was richer for Lhc slnry of the first time he drove an automobile. U's a tale of a Chinese waiter doesn't speak English crashing a French car into a Luis driven by an Indian. And that's only part of it. Magistrates in Ilic Kentish tov, n of liochc.slcr gave up try in? Lo look serious as llii.s siory unfolded in courl Tues- day: Nyuk. Lhc 19-y e a r-o 1 rl waiter, boirowed the Renault car and went for a joyride down Rochester's busy main si reel. In due course, he found himself running backwards down a hill and into the dou- ble decker bus driven by Sahi- dir Rahman. The Indian backed off and got out Lo remonstrate with the Chinese, but quickly found himself in language difficul- ties. While he was trying lo make himself understood, Nyuk reversed into the bus again. HEADED WAY Then his car shot forward and entered a one-way street wrong way, of course heading directly for a police- man on a motorcycle. Inspector Mike Pen.-: tcM the court: "The motorcycle officer had to swerve violently to avoid a head-on collision." On drove Nyuk Fong Pang, gaining confidence. He turned unerringly into another one- way street, the wrong way again, and his car stalled uilh the clutch almost binned out. Nyuk's biggest mistake was about to happen. He began pushing the auto, forgetting that it uas Oi a steep downward slope called Star Hill. The car picked up speed and ran away from him. Passers-by watched Nyuk chasing the car, waving his arms, but failing lo catch up before it crashed into (.he of- fices of the local Conservative, parly. In court, be pleaded guilty Lo 11 separate offences and handed over Ihc S200 fine. He admitted taking Ihc car after ils owner had lent him the Richmond on neu bridge OTTAWA iCt'j A modi- fier1 plan is Iji'ing prepared for a new bridge linking the city of Vancouver and its new airport sile, Transport Minister Don Jamieson said Wednesday, He was replying in the Com- mons to Conservative leader Robert Slanfield. who asked whether t h e federal govern- ment had received representa- tions about the original plans Lo make the bridge a toll link. IVIr. Jamieson said lie had a vecwit meeting with officials from suburban Richmond. Op- position had been expressed to charging tolls on the bridge and a modified plan was being drafted. Mr. Stanfield said the govern- ment might have saved itself some trouble by consulting lo- cal authorities in the beginning. Mr. Jamieson rejected this con- Lent ion. saying that he had spent a whole afternoon with Richmond officials before the original plan was drawn up. CUTS DANGER A United Slates Army study found that even three or four minutes of exercise by smokers helped reduce the amount of toxic carbon monoxide in their bloodstream. DAD AND DAUGHTER A very young heiress lo a very old tradition. Princess Leila shares o family moment with Her father. Shah Roza Palilevi of Iran. Slip is the youngest child of I ho Shah and Empress Fa rah, leading cclobralioni ibis year of Ilin nation's anniversary. JJOOVER are here again! FAIRFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 1244 3rd Ave. S. HOOVER Dryer Washes clothes cleaner and faster lhan any other washer. 6-lb. load in just 6 minutes. 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