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The Atlas laboratory processed data received from various satellites during its life starting with Ariel III, which was launched on 5th May, 1967.
Information is received from the satellite by tracking stations around the world, and these feed information into space science laboratories for initial clean up. These tapes are sent to AWRE Aldermaston, This was then sent to the Atlas laboratory, to process and the results returned.
The nature of the activity is a continuous stream of magnetic tapes, at least three per week, needing to be processed at the rate of 1 hour processing per tape.