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    Date: 12:00 UTC 25/05/1952 | Type: Tower @90m | Yield: 11 Kt

    This LASL device (code named XR1) used a Mk-5 bomb assembly. The test was intended to gather data on the initiation time vs yield curve; it also served as a calibration test of the TOM polonium-beryllium internal neutron initiator. The test device had a diameter of 102 cm and weighed 1,225 kg, the predicted yield was 15-18 kt. The device misfired on its first attempt and had to be further postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. The cloud reached an altitude of 12,500 meters and drifted north into Utah. 1,450 military personnel observed the shot as part of Exercise Desert Rock IV.









    Published on: 2010-09-08 (2654 reads)

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