A-LOTS Aircraft 56-3596 The Airborne   Lightweight   Optical Tracking   System   (A-LOTS)   was   built   by   the   Nortronic   Division of   Northrop   Corporation.   A-LOTS   was   delivered   to   the   Eastern   Test   Range   in   November   of 1965 and was operationally accepted in December of 1966. The A-LOTS   system   consists   of   a   manual   tracking   station,   a   pod   which   houses   an   optic   sensor and   high   speed   70   millimeter   film   camera,   and   a   control   console.   A   target   is   visually   sighted from   a   B-50   gun   sight   through   a   clear   astrodome   mounted   on   top   of   the   aircraft.   The   camera pod   is   mounted   on   the   cargo   door   of   the   aircraft   and   is   slaved   to   this   sighting   station. The   initial image   is   seen   at   the   operation   console   on   a   closed   circuit   television   system   which   has   a   coarse field   of   view.   The   image   is   then   picked   up   and   tracked   either   automatically   or   manually   as viewed on a television monitor in the fine field of view. The   70   millimeter   photographic   camera   operates   from   10   to   80   frames   per   second   to   record such   events   as   they   occur   like   booster   cutoff   and   staging.   The   camera   control   panel   displays the   frame   rate   and   houses   the   remote   shutter   control.   The   remote   shutter   control   allows adjustment of exposure times at these varying frame rates. Although   designed   primarily   for   use   on   the Air   Force   Eastern   Test   Range   (AFETR)   the A-LOTS equipped   aircraft   is   occasionally   called   to   duty   at   the   Western   Test   Range.   During   many launches   on   the   Eastern   Test   Range   and   other   test   ranges   the   A-LOTS   is   considered   a   prime source of data particularly during early development launches on various programs. Standing   below   ALOTS   I   camera   pod   are   left   to   right   J.   L.   Gantz,   project   engineer.   Nortronics Division   of   Northrop   Corporation;   Colonel   L.   R.   Wilcox.   Chief   Instrumentation   Division Air   Force Eastern Test Range (AFETR); and Don Chalifour. Pan Am ALOTS I project Manager. Source: Clifford Reeves Bendix Radio Foundation Randy L. Losey
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A-LOTS Aircraft 56-3596 The   Airborne   Lightweight   Optical   Tracking   System   (A- LOTS)   was   built   by   the   Nortronic   Division   of   Northrop Corporation.    A-LOTS    was    delivered    to    the    Eastern Test     Range     in     November     of     1965     and     was operationally accepted in December of 1966. The   A-LOTS    system    consists    of    a    manual    tracking station,   a   pod   which   houses   an   optic   sensor   and   high speed    70    millimeter    film    camera,    and    a    control console.   A   target   is   visually   sighted   from   a   B-50   gun sight   through   a   clear   astrodome   mounted   on   top   of   the aircraft. The   camera   pod   is   mounted   on   the   cargo   door of   the   aircraft   and   is   slaved   to   this   sighting   station.   The initial   image   is   seen   at   the   operation   console   on   a closed   circuit   television   system   which   has   a   coarse field   of   view.   The   image   is   then   picked   up   and   tracked either    automatically    or    manually    as    viewed    on    a television monitor in the fine field of view. The   70   millimeter   photographic   camera   operates   from 10   to   80   frames   per   second   to   record   such   events   as they   occur   like   booster   cutoff   and   staging.   The   camera control   panel   displays   the   frame   rate   and   houses   the remote    shutter    control.    The    remote    shutter    control allows   adjustment   of   exposure   times   at   these   varying frame rates. Although   designed   primarily   for   use   on   the   Air   Force Eastern   Test   Range   (AFETR)   the   A-LOTS   equipped aircraft   is   occasionally   called   to   duty   at   the   Western Test    Range.    During    many    launches    on    the    Eastern Test    Range    and    other    test    ranges    the    A-LOTS    is considered   a   prime   source   of   data   particularly   during early development launches on various programs. Standing   below ALOTS   I   camera   pod   are   left   to   right   J. L.    Gantz,    project    engineer.    Nortronics    Division    of Northrop    Corporation;    Colonel    L.    R.    Wilcox.    Chief Instrumentation   Division   Air   Force   Eastern   Test   Range (AFETR);   and   Don   Chalifour.   Pan Am ALOTS   I   project Manager. Source: Clifford Reeves Bendix Radio Foundation Randy L. Losey