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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 15. August 4, 1971

Dsir Research for U.S. Department of Defense

Dsir Research for U.S. Department of Defense

There are at least two example of the New Zealand Department of Scientific and industrial Research [unclear: perr]research and contract to U.S. military agencies, while other research is [unclear: app] of use to U.S. military agencies, although not paid for by them.

Information on the [unclear: sophere] collected by the [unclear: Dsir] Rarotonga, Scott Base and Godley Head ([unclear: Iction] has being [unclear: are] in research connected with the detection of nuclear explosion financed by the U.S. Defense Atomic Super Agency and by DOD Advanced Research Projects Agency. Data from the [unclear: DS ionosonde] at Campbell Island has been used in USAF office Aerospace Research contract( AF190604) 6180 concerned with auroral radio blackouts.

The DSIR Geophysical observatory, Christchurch, contribute page break [unclear: peomagnetic] data to a U.S. Army Electronics Command study of the world wide geomagnetic effects of the July 1962 high altitude nuclear explosion. Some of this data was obtained by using Post Office toll lines near Invercargill as a telluric array, with recording instruments loaned by the University of Alaska, which in turn was inanced by the USAF.

Much of New Zealand's research on aurora and airglow appears at he very least, to be of interest to the USAF, even if not actually directed or financed by that organisation. In this connection it is interesting to note a remark by the Prime Minister, 9 July 1968, in this statement on Mt John, "The Government therefore welcomes he establishment of the Baker Nunn station as a further example of he fruitful cooperation in scientific subjects between the U.S. and N.Z., which has already been amply demonstrated in such diverse fields as Antarctic research and auroral and cosmic ray studies." The full extent of this cooperation is not known, but the USAF has provided New Zealand with an all-sky camera for photographing aurora and a patrol spectrograph for analysing aurora, both instruments being used at Scott Base, Antarctica. The USAF Cambridge Research Laboratory has provided financial assistance for studies of lithium emissions at Hallett Base, Antarctica which are a side-effect of thermo-nuclear explosions.