On Monday October 25, I had an hour-and-a-half Zoom presentation with the Saratoga Historical Society (CA) about Onizuka Air Force Base. I’m always a bit nervous when I start my presentations, but that dissipated quickly.
As I mention in my talk, the material was going to be covered at a “35K foot level going about 500 mph.” There is just so many nooks-and-crannies to talk about the work done in Sunnyvale from the earliest days up to the site’s closure.
Future posts (and talks?) will cover additional areas where I could not go in depth due to time:
- Weapon System 117L and the connection with Lockheed Missile Systems Division (later Lockheed Missiles and Space Division)
- The development of the Agena upper-stage
- Intricacies of the “worldwide” Satellite Control Network (now known as the Air Force Satellite Control Network, or AFSCN)
- More attention to the Corona, Gambit, and Hexagon programs
- Coverage of the EARPOP signals intelligence payloads
- A little more of a “day in the life” for this military brat and future space history nut