Modern technology amidst a picturesque oriental setting - that is one of the aspects of the American satellite tracking station filmed Jan 17, fifteen miles outside the city of Zanzibar.
LV PAN..radar tracker PAN DOWN to hut at base
CU Sign 'Project Mercury'
LV Radar on roof
SV PAN..another radar tracker
STV INT..Technicians tune discrimators in the telemetry room
CU Dial revolve
CU Technician at controls
CU Leader of the telemetry team
SV Technician controls aerial scanners
ANGLE V..Scanner on roof rotates
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Background: Modern technology amidst a picturesque oriental setting - that is one of the aspects of the American satellite tracking station filmed Jan 17, fifteen miles outside the city of Zanzibar.
Built in about eight months, at a cost of GBP1 million, for Project Mercury - the launching of a manned space satellite from the United States - this tracking station consists of a few low buildings housing apparatus, scientists and doctors. All the equipment is installed now and every part of its is being tested.
The station - part of a network encircling the globe - has been designed for telemetry and voice communication. Telemetry, to receive and analyse a mass of coded data emitted by the capsule that will carry the space traveller, and to relay them to Washington. Voice communication, for direct contact with the man hurtling through space. There will be a doctor watching an instrument panel recording the spaceman's heartbeat, respiration and pulse rate, so that medical advice can be given during the six minutes for which this particular station will have contact with the capsule. Then the spaceman will be handed on to another tracking centre.