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DOVAP Antenna

36.9 Megahertz Helix Antenna
Doppler Velocity and Position (DOVAP)
Reference Transmitter Antenna

     DOVAP measures a rocketís position in space using the Doppler effect caused by a target moving relative to a ground transmitter and receiving stations.
     Developed during World War II by the Germans as part of a V-2 ground guidance and control system, at White Sands the DOVAP system provided trajectory data and ground guidance for most of the early rocket systems: Corporal, Sergeant, Honest John, Little John, Redstone, and Aerobee Upper Atmosphere programs.
     Like much of the early instrumentation, it was designed and built at White Sands Missile Range. This particular antenna was built in the mid-1960s near C Station.