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SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN, Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age
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of payload electronics. The technical memos mushroom during the following years.

Despite Hyland's decision not to commit funds to the 24-hour satellite (page 208) Rosen and Williams write "Commercial Communication Satellite", January 1960, by H.A.Rosen and D.D.Williams. By now the 24 hour satellite has the familiar cylindrical shape.

A memo from Robert Roney to A.E.Puckett of 27 January 1960. Subject: communication satellite review analysis (From Bob Roney) describes yet another review of the Rosen/Williams idea (page 208).

On March 23, 1960, Williams wrote to Hyland, saying that he was pleased by Hyland's decision to fund the commercial communication satellite. He wrote, "It is my understanding that the program will ultimately be financed by sources of capital external to the company. As one of the inventors of the system, I would like to invest in it myself if possible. I enclose a cashier's cheque for $10,000. While I realize that this amount will not go very far, I think it can be multiplied by 100 if the company is willing to permit investment by its employees." This was after Rosen, Hudspeth, and he decided to find some of their own money for the project (page 209).

A memo from Allen Puckett to D.F.Doody dated March 7, 1960 details the requests by Williams, Rosen, and Hudspeth to be released from their usual patent agreements should Hughes not go ahead with the development of a communication satellite. Puckett states that their request is reasonable (page 210).

Details of Rosen's attempts to raise money from various sources are from my interviews with Rosen.

Chapter twenty: Syncom

Chapter 20 is a distillation of information from the following documents, presented in chronological order, though extracts from one document or an appendix may have been useful for explaining some other part of the unfolding events.


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