Island Lagoon, Tidbinbilla, Parkes
Bruce Window, Woomera, 1962.
Part 1 – Island Lagoon
part 1 (49 minutes, 18MB mp3 file)
Background in Queensland Police Wireless Section.
Arrival in Woomera.
Life at Island Lagoon Minitrack.
A Minitrack pass, and the Minitrack Optical Tracking System.
Time to leave Woomera.
Also hear Bruce’s Minitrack space sounds audio.
Part 2 – Mariner IV
part 2 (17 minutes, 6.4MB mp3 file)
Earliest days at DSS-42 Tidbinbilla, and members of the team.
Receiving the first signals from Mariner IV at Mars. What it was like on the day. A letter to home.
Part 3 – Surveyor
part 3 (11 minutes, 4.1MB mp3 file)
The first soft-landing on the Moon and the amazingly successful Surveyor program.
Part 4 – Apollo
part 4 (26 minutes, 9.4MB mp3 file)
Adding the Wing at Tidbinbilla.
Apollo 7 – something of a surprise.
Apollo 13 – the dash to Parkes. (Photo here.)
Bruce adds (January 2011): “I know now, on reflection, that with the first pass of Apollo 13 at Parkes, the cable that I had in my hand that I couldn’t connect to Honeysuckle was a Telemetry data cable, because I now remember feeding the Downlink Audio into an ordinary phone line that the CSIRO had set up.”
Interview recorded by Colin Mackellar, March 2010. © Bruce Window.
With thanks to Bruce for his interview and the photos.
Bottom photo from a CSIRO photo taken at Parkes.