Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of
the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research
any intriguing terms.
Launched by the U.S. in the 1960s to monitor the Limited Nuclear
Test Ban Treaty. The satellite’s mission was to detect the
gamma rays produced during nuclear blasts. Although not intended
for astronomical studies, the Vela satellite provided useful
celestial data, detecting an unexpected blast of cosmic gamma
radiation in 1967. The satellite discovered several other
gamma-rays bursts during the years of the Vela project, which
ceased operation in 1979.