Frank O’Brien

  When: Sunday, February 26th at 2 p.m.  
  Where: The Project Diana site. 
     Over 50 years ago, the first weather satellite, TIROS, was controlled through the tracking station at Camp Evans. Since that time, technology has improved dramatically, and the newest generation of satellites are giving breathtaking new insights on the weather. We will discuss the evolution of the technologies, forecast modeling and the limits to what meteorologists can do.
The launch of the TIROS satellite was the birth of earth observation by satellites. Mankind’s knowledge of earth, weather systems, polar ice caps, ocean currents etc. etc. would make quantum leaps as each new satellite transmitted more data to earth.
     Frank O’Brien, InfoAge expert and solar system ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory [JPL] will present this topic in the very same room the first 23,000 views of earth were developed using data transmitted by the TIROS satellite.  This includes the first four photos (pictured below) which were presented to President Eisenhower in the White House four hours after the April 1, 1960 TIROS I launch from Cape Canaveral.
     The lecture will be held at the InfoAge Space Exploration Center [ISEC] in the Project Diana site at 2300 Marconi Road, Wall on Sunday, February 26th at 2 p.m.  The Project Diana site, with the giant TIROS satellite tracking dish, is just a few hundred feet east of the Marconi Hotel.
     The lecture will be followed by a demonstration of the ‘60s TIROS satellite tracking dish and its reach into space. The interactive demonstrations may include seeing radio waves from the center of the Milky Way 25,000 light years away, searching for a pulsar, or bouncing a signal off the moon like the original Project Diana 70 years ago.
 Even though we can’t do much about the weather, we can at least understand it!

TIROS Satellite view of earth

President Eisenhower viewing first TIROS satellite photos flown to the White House from Camp Evans