>>> This just in from OMARC, regarding the giant TIROS dish at InfoAge:
>>> >>> The team has succeeded in freeing the elevation drive from its moorings today. The REALLY good news is that once they succeeded at that, they were able to move the dish in elevation by a small amount. It is not longer a question of "if" the dish will work, but rather "when" and "how."
>> Umm, Please excuse my ignorance. I don't get it? How big is this dish and why was it stuck? Couldn't a little WD-40 do the trick? Ok, the WD-40 is more of a joke, but seriously, how stuck can something get?
> Umm...That dish is sixty feet (!) in diameter. One doesn't just "get
> it unstuck".
Josh: Our museum is co-located at the InfoAge Science Center, which is a
100-year-old campus. It was originally a Marconi wireless telegraph
station. Then it was a Navy/RCA communications lab during WW1. It was in
private hands between the wars. From WW2 until the 1990s it was an Army
Signal Corps electronics research lab. During the 1960s one of the
sub-labs on campus was for astronomy. See here:
.... when the Army left
that section about 10 years ago they made the dish inoperable .... or so
we thought! But after much hard work, InfoAge volunteers figured out how
to restore the dish. Fred (InfoAge founder/director) said a while ago
that there's a group from Princeton U. which has expertise in this topic
and which may want to make the dish itself function again, not just move
The dish was professional painted a few years ago, thanks to a grant
from its manufacturer. InfoAge also fixed the "Signal Corps" lettering
on the side.
Originally there were two dishes side-by-side. Nobody really knows what
happened to the second one.
I've been inside the dish. It's pretty cool in there.