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Artificial satellites, Astronautics, History

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SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN, Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age
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History of artificial satellites
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Suomi and Parent received their formal go-ahead to produce their satellite for a Vanguard launch on December 31,1957, from J.G. Reid, secretary to the TPESP.

The account of the Juno II explosion (page 161) comes from Wisconsin State Journal, July 17, 1959.

A draft of the IGY terminal report of Suomi's radiation balance experiment prepared July 27, 1961, by Stanley Ruttenberg, head of the IGY's program office, gives details of the instrumentation in operation (page 162). It says, "A huge amount of data is accumulating from this experiment... only a start has yet been made on reducing this data and analyzing it." Daytime data was less useful than night time data, noted the report, because of interference from the ionosphere. It says, "Despite the necessary shortcomings of the data there does seem to be a clear indication that large scale outward radiation flux patterns exist and that these patterns are related to the large scale features of the weather." The report concludes, "The experience being gained from this experiment will be an important factor in designing future meteorological satellite experiments."

Chapter fifteen: Storm Patrol

Details scattered through chapter 15 come from the following: Interviews with Verner Suomi, Bob Ohckers, Bob Sutton, and Leo Skille.

Initial Technical proposal for a 'Storm Patrol' Meteorological Experiment on an ATS Spacecraft" by V. E. Suomi and R.J. Parent, September 28.1964;

"Spin Scan Camera System for a Synchronous Satellite" prepared for NASA by V:E. Suomi and R.J. Parent--July 1965; and "The Spin Scan Camera System: Geostationary Meteorological Satellite Workhorse for a Decade." Optical Engineering 17 (1), January-February 1978.

Books of Value for the Meteorology Section

Planet Earth: The View from Space, by D.James Baker (Harvard University Press. 1990).


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