Digital tape recorder/reproducer manufactured by Odetics for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) in a shockproof metal case, 13 x 9 x 7, with a label reading: “Digital Tape Recorder/Reproducer, Part No. 4217700-1, Model DDS-5000, Ser No. 63.” Includes a padded carrying case. In fine condition. The DMSP provides satellite imaging of Earth and monitors meteorological, oceanographic, and solar-terrestrial physics for the US Department of Defense. This recorder would be used to store and forward images taken by the satellites which were downloaded when passing within range of ground stations.
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