Three giant golf balls (1993)

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RAF Fylingdales has been in operation for around 40 years. It was built as an early warning station during the cold war to detect a potential nuclear attack. These domes were replaced with SSPAR. The Fylingdales Solid State Phased Array, or SSPAR as it is usually called, is very different from the ‘golf balls’, although the job it does is the same. The current radar has no big dishes that turn, indeed no moving parts at all. Instead, the SSPAR uses changes in electrical phase to steer the radar beam. The SSPAR searches out to some 3 000 miles continuously looking for missiles. Whilst carrying out this role, it also is able to track some 800 separate objects simultaneously and, as a result, the space surveillance capability has been greatly enhanced.

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Comments (4)

metinarikan on April 9, 2012

golf balls... Benzetme harika.

tofil44 on October 4, 2013

Hello Tony, This picture corresponds very well with the group "3 to be three".
After visiting your gallery varied, interesting, i note your care to detail. If you want I can invite you to one or two other specialized groups. Greetings

Tony Carter on October 4, 2013

Hello tofil44, thank you for your kind comments & the invitation to your group which I am pleased to join. Regards Tony.

tofil44 on October 4, 2013

Tony, Welcome to the group "3 to be three" Many thanks for picture and explanations technic. Like 2

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Tony Carter
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