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Record Unit 517

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Radio and Geoastronomy Division

Records, 1978-1983

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Radio and Geoastronomy Division
Title: Records
Dates: 1978-1983
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 517
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records were created primarily by Arthur Edward Lilley as head of the Division. Basic administrative records include files on the Northeast Radio Observatory Corporation and its Haystack Observatory in Westfield, Massachusetts; international astronomical organizations; and projects of two investigators of the Division, Mario Grossi and Giuseppe Colombo. Other records concern the Satellite Tracking Program, chiefly including material in support of SAO's contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY 1980; a proposal to support the Goddard Space Flight Center in its Laser Tracking Network, including the proposal to take over the network completely; information about foreign tracking stations; and information about relocating a tracking station to India through agreement with the India Space Research Corporation.

Historical Note

The Radio and Geoastronomy Division was formed in fiscal year 1979 by the combination of two existing divisions: Radio Astronomy and Geoastronomy. The first of these two was formed in 1973 under the reorganization of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) conducted by new director George B. Field. Arthur Edward Lilley (b. 1928), professor of radio astronomy at Harvard University, was appointed associate director of the observatory in charge of this division, a position he retained through the merger until the end of calendar year 1986. The Division of Geoastronomy was formed in 1970 under the direction of George Charles Weiffenbach (b. 1921), who joined the staff in 1969. At the time this was one of the few divisions into which the observatory was divided, and it retained its identity under Field's 1973 reorganization. Weiffenbach retained the directorship until 1976, when John C. Gregory took over as acting associate director until the merger of the two divisions.

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Descriptive Entry

These records were created primarily by Arthur Edward Lilley as head of the division. Basic administrative files include information on the Northeast Radio Observatory Corporation (NEROC) and its Haystack Observatory in Westfield, Massachusetts; international astronomical organizations; and projects of two investigators of the division, Mario Grossi and Giuseppe Colombo. A second series of files concerns the Satellite Tracking Program, chiefly including material in support of SAO's NASA contract for FY 1980; a proposal to support the Goddard Space Flight Center in its Laser Tracking Network, including the proposal to take over the network completely; information about foreign tracking stations; and information about relocating a tracking station to India through agreement with the India Space Research Corporation (ISRO).

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 517, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Radio and Geoastronomy Division, Records

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Container List

Series 1

General Files, 1978-1982.

Box 1

Associate Directors, January 1981-June 1982

Box 1 of 3

Associate Directors, December 1978-December 1980

Box 1 of 3

ADM Masers

Box 1 of 3

Agassiz Review Committee

Box 1 of 3

Archives

Box 1 of 3

Atmospheric Working Group

Box 1 of 3

CFA (Center for Astrophysics) Memos

Box 1 of 3

CFA Social and Recreational Club

Box 1 of 3

Centerline (CFA Newsletter)

Box 1 of 3

Colombo, G. (Principal Investigator under Lilley)

Box 1 of 3

Computer memos

Box 1 of 3

Consultants

Box 1 of 3

Copying Information

Box 1 of 3

Digital Equipment

Box 1 of 3

EEO/AA (Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action)

Box 1 of 3

Einstein Observatory

Box 1 of 3

ESSCO (Electronic Space Systems Corporation)

Box 1 of 3

Federal Communications Commission

Box 1 of 3

Federal Employees

Box 1 of 3

Funding Status Reports

Box 1 of 3

General Charges

Box 1 of 3

General Information

Box 1 of 3

General International

Box 1 of 3

GLTN (Goddard Laser Tracking Network)

Box 1 of 3

GMC (General Motors Corporation "Jimmy" truck)

Box 1 of 3

Grossi, M. (SAO employee; Correspondence re: weather modification proposal)

Box 1 of 3

Haystack Observatory (Westford, Massachusetts) - General

Box 1 of 3

Haystack Observatory - Notes/Newsletters

Box 1 of 3

Haystack Observatory - Schedules

Box 1 of 3

IAA (International Academy of Astronautics)

Box 1 of 3

IAF (International Astronautical Federation)

Box 1 of 3

IAG (International Association of Geodesy)

Box 1 of 3

IAU (International Astronomical Union)

Box 1 of 3

Interagency Committee on Astronomy

Box 1 of 3

Library

Box 1 of 3

McDonald Observatory (Ft. Davis, Texas)

Box 1 of 3

Miscellaneous letters and memos; untitled folder

Box 1 of 3

Miscellaneous Papers

Box 1 of 3

NEROC - 1980 (Northeast Radio Observatory Corporation)

Box 1 of 3

New Building Task Force

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Recommendations

Box 2 of 3

Request for Positions

Box 2 of 3

Research - General

Box 2 of 3

Research - Orientation

Box 2 of 3

Resumes - General

Box 2 of 3

Safety - R. O. Dumas

Box 2 of 3

SAO Memos

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian Institution Announcements

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian Institution Memos

Box 2 of 3

TDAR (Time Distribution and/or Attendance Report)

Box 2 of 3

Series 2

Satellite and Laser Geodesy Files, 1979-1983.

Box 2

Satellite Tracking Program. 1979 files, including brief overviews of optical tracking program prior to laser tracking.

Box 2 of 3

SAO Laser Ranging System. This file concerns using lasers to get accurate distances to the moon and to satellites, for purposes of geodesy.

Box 2 of 3

The following files contain material, 1979-1983, pursuant to renewal of existing National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contracts to continue tracking of satellites by laser, as well as a proposal to provide mission support to Goddard Space Flight Center for their satellite tracking program, including the proposal to take over the tracking network completely.

Network - Laser

Box 2 of 3
Goddard Space Flight Center (STP-Satellite Tracking Program)
Laser Network General/Correspondence
Laser Network Review, February 1980
Lasso Experiment

Laser Network Reports

Box 2 of 3

Laser Network, FY 1980, Proposal to NASA (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Laser Network, FY 1980, SAO Material

Box 2 of 3

SAO Laser Stations - General

Box 2 of 3
Brazil (STP)
Canada (STP)
Ethiopia (STP)
Peru (SIP)
Spain (STP)

LTN (Laser Tracking Network) Mission Contract

Box 2 of 3

GLTN-Goddard Laser Tracking (Network) (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Laser Network, NASA, Full Network, Presentation

Box 3 of 3

Laser Network Integration-NASA Material (GSFC (Goddard Space Flight Center)/SAO)

Box 3 of 3

The following files concern establishing a laser tracking station in India.

General Correspondence Re Laser Move - India

Box 3 of 3

Agreement between ISRO (India Space Research Organization)/SAO

Box 3 of 3

Implementation Plan for Relocation - India

Box 3 of 3

India Task Force - Minutes

Box 3 of 3

India Travel Proposal (Excess Currency)

Box 3 of 3

Kavalur Site - India

Box 3 of 3

Memorandum of Understanding - ISRO/SAO

Box 3 of 3

Miscellaneous Information - India

Box 3 of 3

Positions Available - India

Box 3 of 3

Resumes (India)

Box 3 of 3

Status Reports (India)

Box 3 of 3

Summary Memos with Plans of Action - India

Box 3 of 3

Trip Report - India

Box 3 of 3