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Detection and Identification of Nuclear Explosions Underground (Project VELA UNIFORM)

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1 Author(s)
Bates, Charles C. ; Nuclear Test Detection Office, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.

Project VELA UNIFORM is part of a broad research program designed as the first full-fledged national effort for developing a specific type of arms control technology. Based on earth science research, the VELA UNIFORM effort is directed towards obtaining a suitable system for the detection, identification and location of nuclear explosions underground in support of a possible nuclear test ban. The principal work areas are classical and explosion seismology, the development of suitable field equipment and prototype observatories and data centers, and the conduct of an extensive monitoring program of seismic and other unique signatures from the present U. S. series of subsurface nuclear detonations.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 11 )