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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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Memo from J.H.Striebel to A.V.Haeff of October 22, 1959. Subject: market study for a worldwide communication system for commercial use shows more of the thinking at HAC (page 207).

Lutz's second evaluation of the Rosen Williams proposal appears in a memo from S.G.Lutz to A.V.Haeff of October 22, 1959 (page 207). Subject: commercial satellite communication project; preliminary report on study task force.

A memo from L.A.Hyland to A.E.Haeff and C.G.Murphy of October 22, 1959. Subject: communication satellite orders an immediate and comprehensive study should be made of patentable potentialities and NASA's position should be ascertained (page 207). A number of subsequent memos show that Hyland's instructions were carried out. Invention disclosure was November 2, 1959.

A memo from D.D.Williams to D.F.Doody on November 23, 1959 described Williams's talks on November 5 with Homer Stewart, then at NASA, during which Williams emphasized that Hughes wished to maintain its proprietary and patent rights and the company's desire that the project should be undertaken as a commercial venture. The two also discussed technical issues (page 208).

An interesting aside given the later legal action over patents between HAC and NASA is found in a memo from David Doody to Noel Hammond saying that should a 30-day analysis then being undertaken by the company show the 24-hour satellite to be feasible, Hughes would attempt to win a contract from NASA and would proceed with filing a patent application prior to contracting with NASA. He said further that the company would not yet enter the communication field or approach communication companies with the proposal. He further wrote, "We will take our chances on retaining title to the inventions that have been made to date, but should NASA insist on taking title as a result of supporting the development, the company will go along with NASA since it does not intend to use resulting patents primarily for the purpose of enhancing its patent holdings." This view is at odds with the decades-long battle that Hughes fought with NASA.

In September 1959, a barrage of technical memos begins covering topics such as dynamic aspects of communication project, feasibility investigation


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