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SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN, Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age
Copyright for the book, including research notes, Copernicus/Springer Verlag (New York)

History of artificial satellites
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Interviews with Rosen and Roney provided detail that do not appear in the written record. I have included it where it seemed to make most sense. For example, it was Rosen who told me that T. Keith Glennan first told Puckett that he was "talking through his hat" when Puckett presented the company's idea for a 24-hour satellite (page 212). Though Glennan was interested in what Puckett said, Glennan knew that HAC knew nothing about satellites and that the 24-hour satellite idea was far from conservative. Glennan might well have said what Rosen recalls he said.

April 26, 1960 Rosen completes evaluation of life and reliability of the proposed satellite, focusing on electronics and TWT design. A handwritten note from Puckett says, "This looks very promising. Thanks."

May 1960: A hefty, mathematical document from Williams entitled, Dynamic Analysis and Design of the Synchronous Communication satellite."

A memo from J.W.Ludwig to C.G. Murphy and A.E.Puckett of May 2, 1960, discusses a meeting with E. G. Witting, of the Army, and a representative of the Office of Defense Research and Engineering (Mr. Evans). Hughes learned that the Army was already considering other 24-hour satellite proposals and that Herb York, DDR&E, was "intensely interested in the Hughes program."

On May 19, J.W.Ludwig sent a memo to A.E.Puckett about a forthcoming request for proposals (July 1, 1960) from the Army for the 24-hour communication satellite.

June 1960: Synchronous communication satellite,proposed NASA experimental program by the HAC Airborne Systems Group. Proposal included details of Jarvis Island where HAC was at that time proposing it should build a launch site.

A memo from Lutz for file copied to Rosen on June 3, 1960, summarizes in detail presentations by Pierce, Jakes, and Tillotson from Bell Telephone laboratories at a conference at the end of May.

Letter from Douglas Lord, technical assistant to the Space Science Panel, thanking Allen Puckett for the Hughes presentation to the President's Science Advisory Committee.


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