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Published on Nov 7, 2007
0800067 - High-Altitude Nuclear Weapon Effects Part Two - Systems Interference - 1963 - 16:29 - Color - Through past nuclear testing, the Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission determined that a nuclear weapon exploded at high altitude with a sufficient yield would cause adverse effects on communication and radar devices.
This technically oriented video, which uses many animated audio-visual aids to explain scientific points of interest and explores the weapons effects on military systems. The first portion deals with a hypothetical reentry vehicle armed with a nuclear warhead. The video explains how three different nuclear detonations might be required to track and destroy the incoming vehicle. The next portion explains how a nuclear explosion would more adversely affect the low-power downlink of radio transmissions to aircraft or satellites than the more powerful uplink. Other atmospheric chemistry and infrared systems problems are discussed in the video.