On June 29, 1951, the Naval Security Group began its first operations in Germany, with the arrival of five Communications Technicians at the Herzog, Germany base. In the Fall of 1951, the team moved to Bremerhaven and was attached to the 23rd Detachment of the 2nd Radio Squadron Mobile.
By the time the Navy pulled the plug on the NRRO, it had already spent $42 million and the final cost of the project was estimated to be between $200 and $300 million—equivalent to nearly $2 billion today.Continue reading “The Cold War Plan to Build Earth’s Largest Telescope – The Legacy of Sugar Grove – Part 4 of 4”
Shortly after he spoke to the moon, Trexler began lobbying the Navy for a giant, steerable telescope. If they wanted to listen to the Soviets, then Trexler calculated they would need a dish at least 700 feet in diameter.Continue reading “The Cold War Plan to Build Earth’s Largest Telescope – The Sugar Grove Fiasco – Part 3 of 4”
Around the same time that Dewitt was building his lunar radar at the Army’s signal laboratory, a young Navy electrical engineer named James Trexler was also preoccupied with the moon. Fresh out of Southern Methodist University where he had spent his time experimenting with reflecting radio waves off of meteor ionization trails, Trexler had joined the Navy Research Laboratory as a junior radio engineer and quickly rose through its ranks.Continue reading “The Cold War Plan to Build Earth’s Largest Telescope – The Big Ear in the Sky Part 2 of 4”
Tucked away in the rolling foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Sugar Grove, West Virginia is a picture-perfect small American town. Stroll down the tree-lined main street and you’ll find a daycare center and a bowling alley.Continue reading “The Cold War Plan to Build Earth’s Largest Telescope – Part 1 of 4”
LT Robert F. Taylor was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 27, 1938, and graduated from DePaul University, in 1963. He received his commission through the United States Naval Officer Candidate School in New port, Rhode Island.