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25X1 Approved FRelea 33-024000800040002-6 25X1A Copy of 12 17 JAN 1972 NRO, USAF DECLASSIFICATION/RELEASE INSTRUCTIONS ON FILE MEMORANDUM FOR: Director, CIA Reconnaissance Programs SUBJECT: Program Progress Report Forwarded herewith are three copies of the IDEALIST Program Progress Report for the period 1 October 1971 - 31 December 1971. WENDELJL-L. BEVAN JR. Brigadier General, SAF As stated 25X1A 25X Director of Special Activities L ROM ADIN DP33-02415A00 bv F G Approved For Releas AND DFCLASSIFICATI ON 25X1' Approved Fv&Releasd1206610 1703 A-RDP33-0244A000800040002-6 SAS/O/OSA:L Distribution: 1 D/CRP 2 - D/CRP 3-D/CRP 4- IJDS&T Reg 5 - D/SA 6- SAS/O/OSA 7 - D/O/OSA 8 - IDEA/O/OSA 9 - INTEL/ O/ OSA 10 - D/M/OSA 11 - AMS/OSA 12 - RB/OSA 25X125X1A Contro ystem n y Approved For Release-2?Q61011p3O L&,RDP33-02415A000$N~19DP?OSI1ICAA'TON'NG (10 January 1972) (-)P RPCPPT Approved FtoRReleaseI2006/01/03: CIA- DP33-024A000800040002-6 25X1iA Section DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 OCTOBER 1971 - 31 DECEMBER 1971) A. Light Weight HF Radio - Production of the new Light Weight HF Radio, 718U-7, is on schedule. The first unitshould be delivered to Detachment G by 2 February 1972. Installation, in all IDEALIST aircraft, will be completed during the Fourth Quarter FY-1972. B. U-ZR Flight Test and Operational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-ZR aircraft, since introduction were 7821.5 hours on 2369 sorties, .as of 31 December 1971. 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted below: 1 OCT-31 DEC 1 OCT-31 DEC FLIGHTS TIME 1 - 051 30 106.5 2 - 053 33 97. 1 3 - 054 45 166.4 4 - 055 40 136.5 506. 5 Sealed Crossover Tubes - The 600 hour hot section inspection of the improved engine combustion chamber sealed crossover tube has been completed, with excellent results. This engineering change will be incorporated in all J-75-P-13 engines being overhauled subsequent to March 1972. 25X1 25X1A GROUPI EXCLUDED FROM P33-02415A000 O?RADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1* 25X?5X'A Approved Feleas III. PAYLOAD i RDP33-0241. A000800040002-6 25X1'A I - 1 i,! A. Q-Bay Preconditioning - A preconditioning cart was operationally field tested on The temperature regulator was inoperative due to a broken wire, consequently temperature remained at the high level of optimum setting during operation. All carts have been delivered by Lockheed and actual test data is being collected for a variety of ambient temperature and humidity conditions occurring for test and training flights. "H" Configuration 1. Camera, serial number 002, was transferred to Detachment H on 20 November 1971. This unit has the new gyro package, light weight mount, and RFI modifications incorporated which results in a total weight reduction of 56 pounds. Camera, serial number 003, was returned to Detachment G on 7 December 1971. 2. First delivery of the new apochromatic lens for the "H" sensor is anticipated late February 1972. The new lens along with the new gyro package, light weight mount, and RFI modifi- cation will then be incorporated into 003. Flight test of the new lens is anticipated mid-March 1972. C. "B" Configuration - Delivery and installation of the new apochromatic lens for the "B" camera is anticipated mid-April 1972. Flight test of the new lens will follow. 25X1 D Approved For Releas FROM D NG idbU' I RA AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved F. fieleas -RDP33-02000800040002-6 25X1A Section 1 Page 3 25X 25X1A IV. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT - The data link transmit antenna was redesigned to minimize the probability of corona; In December, a series of flight tests was conducted to evaluate the effects of this change. The first flight was successful, and good data transmission was received at rangesi --I The subsequent tests, designed to verify propagation patterns were unsuccessful in that the signals were obscured by a 10 KC hash. This recurrence of a former problem has again raised the question of reliability. The test results are being examined further, and follow-on efforts will be directed toward isolating and eliminating this problem. Approved For Tur 'WIT JGROUP I EXCLUDED FROM RDP33-02415A00 8U00400A2`61A ING AND 25X1 Approved Felease 2. In November 1971, Page 4 V. AERO MEDICAL AND LIFE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES 25X1A 25X1A 25X1A 3. In mid-November new Detach- four excellent years with us. ment H Squadron Flight Surgeon, arrived at Edwards AFB. In 25X1A 25X1A 25X1 C 1. I accompanied deployment to 8 - 28 October 1971. No medical nor personal equi ment problems were encountered by the acting Detachment G 4. -RDP33-024JA000800040002-6 25X1A accompanied by (Psychiatrist, OMS), (PHD, Psychological Services, OMS) and 1 1, of Edwards made an annual visit to Detachment H, 5 - 19 December. None of the latter three had previously been toDand in the case of the civilians, this was Every effort was made to acquire maximum indoctrination for these personnel. They participate in selection and it has long been felt that they should become familiar with It was an excellent Approved For Releas GROUP 1 EXCLUDED FROM DP33-02415A000 (O14OOO 6RAGING AND DECLASSIFICATION RDP33-024000800040002-6 25X14 Section 1 Pa~g e 5 25X1 C 25X?5X1A 25X1C Also, we succe.?ded in four candidates for the next selection program. Approved F Releas trip and we were riviled ed to brief 0 obtaining 1' 5. A contract employee sustained a fractured spinaF vertebrae in an auto accident 22 December 1971. It is1not of a serious nature. B. Life Support Activities 1. One-Man Life Raft Modification - A Service Bulletin has been issued to provide instructions and materials to paint the bottom of the one-man life rafts flat black. This action is being taken in response to the published results of a thorough research project on shark attack. It appears now that brightly colored materials unquestionably attract the killer shark. By changing the color on the bottom of the raft to black, some margin of protection against this threat may be afforded a downed crew member. 2. S1010 Flotation Modification - A new flotation cell has been water tested during this reporting period which appears to provide a more efficient floating profile than the existing preserver. A Work Order has been issued to mount one flight- acceptable preserver in a separate outer cover to the 51010 Pilot Protective Assembly and request pilot comments on its new characteristics and comfort. This effort along with previous life- support- system changes will make the SR-71 and U-2R flight gear more similar. 3. Automatically Deployed Survival Kit - The survival kit presently used with the U-ZR aircraft has a non-automatic deployment system. manufactures a Fixed Distance Isensor which is being used on supply drops to deploy the parachutes a fixed distance above the terrain. A survival kit was delivered to a Approved For ReleasTd/1Ma-mI-RDP33-02415A00 G0 ` 4OO ?AND DE FICA pAN ING GROUP EXCLUDED FROM Approved FReleasT V&w S R RDP33-02000800040002-6 25X1 I- 25X1A r I kit. Engineers were of the opinion that the FDR device could 25X1A be adapted to the survival kit to meet our requirements. ""is modifying one survival kit for tests and evaluation. Estimate delivery in January 1972. 4. NASA Trip - Houston, Texas - The project Life- Support Officer visited the NASA manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas, to compare and contrast the Apollo and Sky Lab Life Support systems with the IDEALIST system. The NASA approach to Life Support can generally be stated as one pressure suit for one space mission. With this philosophy, service life is of no consequence and suits are fabricated to provide the very best in pressurization, mobility, and comfort with no consideration directed toward repeated use. Mobility is provided by means of molded rubber convolutions and the crew member operates in a 100%-oxygen environment through- out the mission. Although the NASA full pressure suit is ideal for its intended use, the same approach to the IDEALIST program would be unacceptable. This comparison between the NASA effort in crew equipment and the U-2 equipment was felt to be quite productive. C. Training 25X125X1A 1. Parasail Winch Modification - A new power winch was installed in the tow boat and used during parasail training a in June 1971. The winch is gasoline driven with an automatic transmission. This transmission was proved unsatisfactory, and modifications were explored. It has been concluded that a standard four-speed transmission with a clutch would be most desirable. This modification will be completed during January 1972. Section 1 Page 6 Ito determine if the device can be adapted to deploy the 0 ~~4 2 'RADING Approved For Releasef9 ff0 / RDP33-02415A00 AND DECLASSIFICATION %.F Lt I GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM Approved F tReleasJ, DP i RDP33-024 I,A000806040002-6 25X;1 A Section 2 (1 OCTOBER 1971 - 31 DECEMBER 1971) 25X1 C 1, This mission was designed to collect photo 25X1D 25X1 information along the north China coastal area from the Shantung Peninsula northward to the Port Arthur area. Thirty- one of the programmed 39 COMIREX targets were photographed. In addition, photography of 16 bonus targets was obtained. Photo 0 II I 0 1. OPERATIONAL MISSION SUMMARY A. Eight IDEALIST/TACKLE operational missions were alerted during this period. Seven were flown, and one was cancelled due to deteriorating weather. All missions were planned to be flown no closer than 25 nautical miles to the China mainland coast. Following is a summary of missions completed: 25X1 C Approved For Releas RDP33-02415A00 '~bAo FROM TAND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 Approved For Release 2006/01/03 : CIA-RDP33-02415A000800040002-6 Next 3 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2006/01/03 : CIA-RDP33-02415A000800040002-6