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January 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The sea-based radar considered a key to the nation's missile defense shield has left Hawaii for its home port of Adak at the end of the Aleutian Chain. The X-band radar is part of the Missile Defense Agency's $43-billion program and is used to track missile launches. It looks like a giant golf ball sitting atop a 27-story, partially submersible oil rig. The radar has been in Hawaii for repairs and has never been to its home port.
March 12, 1989 | from Associated Press
The Navy launched its new guided-missile cruiser Cowpens Saturday at the Bath Iron Works. The cruiser, the latest of the Ticonderoga class, is named for the Revolutionary War battle fought Jan. 17, 1781, near Cowpens, S. C. The ship has a wraparound radar system that can "see" in all directions at once.
The Marine Corps has agreed to install a battlefield radar system as a temporary solution to air traffic control problems at Palm Springs International Airport, where the faulty radar system has been shut down since Dec. 19, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday. "The Marines have landed," said Curtis Warren, local representative of the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn., which has complained about dangers posed by the lack of radar.
April 21, 1992
The California Highway Patrol begins using radar today to enforce the 55-m.p.h. speed limit on El Toro Road north of Mission Viejo and on Santiago Canyon Road from Cooks Corner to the Orange city limits. Radar will also be used on Santa Margarita Parkway between Melinda Road and Plano Trabuco Road. The roads were selected for radar enforcement because they are major arteries that connect portions of South Orange County.
September 30, 1997
The Santa Monica Police Department predicts a tenfold increase in speeding tickets along Pacific Coast Highway between the McClure Tunnel and Santa Monica Canyon because of the city's new radar. Caltrans, after conducting a survey on traffic and roadway conditions, raised the speed limit from 40 to 45 mph, allowing the city to begin using radar to catch speeders. Police departments may not use radar without an updated survey of speed limits by Caltrans.
October 30, 1994
The chronic speeder that struck and killed the young lady in Silverado Canyon is only one of thousands that Californians face each day. In the tradition of our great democracy, the state Department of Motor Vehicles is studying the problem of how this type of errant driver is punished. May I suggest a faster solution? Investigate camera/radar. Talk to a real expert, the chief of police in Edmonton, Canada, who has firsthand knowledge as to its effectiveness, having been clocked at 15 m.p.h.
July 26, 1995 | Associated Press
After its third failure in a week, an aging computer radar system that tracks planes across the Midwest was back on line Tuesday with edgy controllers waiting for the next breakdown. Controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration's control center in suburban Aurora switched back to the main computer early Tuesday after a daylong shutdown.
July 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A radar failure over the Amazon forced Brazil to turn back or ground a string of international flights, deepening a national aviation crisis just hours after the president unveiled safety measures prompted by the country's deadliest air disaster. The radar outage from midnight to 2:30 a.m. forced numerous planes heading to Brazil to be diverted to airports from Puerto Rico to Chile. Six American Airlines flights and six Delta Airlines flights were among those affected, officials said.
September 18, 1989
The nation's new high-tech weather radar system has passed its first test and is now headed for a detailed evaluation, the National Weather Service announced. On a scale of 1 to 100, NEXRAD, or Next Generation Weather Radar, scored a 91 at detecting severe storms in five months of tests at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center in Norman, Okla. By comparison, the current weather radar system averaged only a 58 in similar tests. NWS Director Elbert W. Friday Jr.
December 27, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp., the maker of the Global Hawk unmanned spy plane, will get an Air Force contract worth about $900 million by the end of March to build and test airborne radar that can track both ground targets and cruise missiles. The Defense Department on Dec. 4 approved development and demonstration of the multi-platform radar technology insertion program, said Chuck Paone, spokesman for the U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Center, which oversees the program.
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