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Aurora Pulsed Radiation Simulator, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Building No. 500, Adelphi, Prince George's County, MD



B&W Photos

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North View Of Building 500

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Northeast View Front Entry Detail

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North View Entrance Foyer Interior

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South View Of Nuclear Scientist's Ofice

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East View Staging Area Interior

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Southeast View Computer Room Interior

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North View Door From Staging Area To Test Cell

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South View Test Cell Interior

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Southeast View Test Cell Detail

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Northwest View Test Cell Door To Building Exterior

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Southeast View Hallway To Simulator Chamber

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Southeast View Control Room Simulator

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Southeast View Of Simulator From Blumlein Tube End

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North View From Blumlein Tube To Test Cell

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Detail Of Simulator Wheels And Track

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Northwest Interior View Of Marx Generator, Left Chamber

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Northwest Interior View Of Marx Generator, Right Chamber

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North Oblique View Of The Simulator

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Northwest End View Of The Simulator, Marx Generator


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Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
Building No. 500, Adelphi, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MD-114
Significance: The Aurora Pulsed Radiation Simulator was the first gamma radiation simulator of its size and capacity built in the world. The simulator achieved a new plateau of nuclear effects simulation, able to test complete weapons electronics packages critical for both strategic and tactical nuclear weapons design. During the first half of its life, the Aurora Simulator primarily served military agencies and contractors in testing the warheads of intercontinental ballistics missiles [ICBMs]; during the second half of its life, the facility expanded its technical capabilities to test the hardening of very large finished systems, such as those for satellites.

Subjects
Testing Laboratories
Simulators


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. NORTH VIEW OF BUILDING 500
2. NORTHEAST VIEW FRONT ENTRY DETAIL
3. NORTH VIEW ENTRANCE FOYER INTERIOR
4. SOUTH VIEW OF NUCLEAR SCIENTIST'S OFICE
5. EAST VIEW STAGING AREA INTERIOR
6. SOUTHEAST VIEW COMPUTER ROOM INTERIOR
7. NORTH VIEW DOOR FROM STAGING AREA TO TEST CELL
8. SOUTH VIEW TEST CELL INTERIOR
9. SOUTHEAST VIEW TEST CELL DETAIL
10. NORTHWEST VIEW TEST CELL DOOR TO BUILDING EXTERIOR
11. SOUTHEAST VIEW HALLWAY TO SIMULATOR CHAMBER
12. SOUTHEAST VIEW CONTROL ROOM SIMULATOR
13. SOUTHEAST VIEW OF SIMULATOR FROM BLUMLEIN TUBE END
14. NORTH VIEW FROM BLUMLEIN TUBE TO TEST CELL
15. DETAIL OF SIMULATOR WHEELS AND TRACK
16. NORTHWEST INTERIOR VIEW OF MARX GENERATOR, LEFT CHAMBER
17. NORTHWEST INTERIOR VIEW OF MARX GENERATOR, RIGHT CHAMBER
18. NORTH OBLIQUE VIEW OF THE SIMULATOR
19. NORTHWEST END VIEW OF THE SIMULATOR, MARX GENERATOR


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