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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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NASA's records (thanks once again to David Whalen for these) gave, not surprisingly, the agency's side of the story.

I had more material from AT&T and the HAC and John Rubel than from NASA, so the story unfolds primarily from their perspective, though I tried to synthesize different policy and technical viewpoints.

Chapter sixteen: The Players

TAT-l capacity (page 171) from Signals, The Science of Telecommunication, by John Pierce and Michael Noll. Scientific American Library (1990).

The Space Station (page 172), Its Radio Applications, by Arthur C. Clarke, 25 May 1945 (typed manuscript).

"Extra-Terrestrial Relays, Can Rocket Stations Give World-Wide Radio Coverage by Arthur C. Clarke, published in Wireless World, October 1945 (page 172) (From John Pierce).

"Orbital Radio Relays," by J. R. Pierce, Jet Propulsion, April 1955 (pages 172-173).

Pierce's views of Rudi Kompfner, medium-altitude satellites, and Harold Rosen (pages 174 -175) from interviews with Pierce, his oral history at Caltech, memos, and his autobiography (see notes for chapter 17).

All of the following documents provided details on which the discussion of policy on pages 176-179 are based.

Management of Advent (March 1961): including TAB F --- Memorandum from Acting Secretary of Defense of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force, subject, Program Management of Advent (15 September, 1960); and TAB G --- Recommended Action: Memo for Signature of Secretary of Defense.

The problems in the Advent program were spelled out by, among others, Harold Brown. DDR&E, on May 22, 1962, in a memo for the secretary


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