Indian Ocean Seychelles (IOS)
This NASA office trailer & car had
slid down the side of the mountain
after heavy monsoon rains.
These photos were provided by Mike Wilson who was stationed at the site during this time, i.e., 1971 - 1973.
The Seychelles was primarily an Air Force administered site with PanAm providing logistics.The biggest contractor was Philco Ford who ran most of the information gathering activity. There were other smaller contractors, such as BFEC, and even a scientific research project manned by the University of New Mexico students. The BFEC manager at the time was Art Lewis, (from Tananarive) who had been rotated into the manager's spot when Jim Gavura left. Also on site with Art Lewis and Mike Wilson was Hubert Greene and around 1972, Dick Bradbury & family and Luther Hopkins were there but it is not clear if they were with the same program. All were with BFEC though.
They only had to support one satellite mission due to the on-board recorder having failed, thus necessitating 24 hour shift coverage of a 15 min "pass" every 1 1/2 hrs. The data was taped then shipped to Goddard. The site had a cafeteria, open-air movie theater, a bar/dance hall, and housing for anyone not living off-site.The advent of geo-synchronous satellites (TDRSS) spelled the end of the need for global coverage and of course the end of this project. It is understood that there was some Space Shuttle support later.