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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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balloon and the Langley Research Center's tests (page 186) (AT&T archives).

Information scattered through the chapter came from: Monthly Project Echo reports starting October 23 1959 (AT&T archives);

Project Echo, Monthly report No.3, December 1959. Report on the first moon bounce test;

Rudi Kompfner's correspondence and memos (AT&T archives 59 04 01); and from

Film reels in the AT&T archives:
1. Project Echo 1. An NBC news special sponsored by BTL 409-0213
2. The Big Bounce, BTL film 399-03727.


Chapter eighteen: Telstar

Documents drawn on for the launch of Telstar:

Satellite ground tracking station, Andover, Maine, Engineering notes: Telstar July 9, 10, and 11, 1962. The document gives details of the countdown (page 188), for example, loss of calibration by the ground tracker at 1220 UT, power supply trouble at 2317 in the upper room of the communication antenna, etc. . . . (box 850803027#32;- AT&T archives).

Memorandum for the Record from John Pierce, Rudy Kompfer, and Chaplin Cutler on Research Toward Satellite Communication, and Research toward Satellite Communication (page 189). Both are dated January 6, 1959, and deal with a research program directed in general at acquiring the basic knowledge for satellite communication by any means and specifically at aspects of passive Echo-type satellites. A fuller version of the research memo was written on January 9, 1959 (AT&T archives).

In this chapter references to what NASA officials said or did (pages 191 to 198) comes from documents in the NASA History Office or George Washington University. These were shared with me by David Whalen.


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