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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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A letter from Allen Puckett to Lee DuBridges, president of Caltech, written on November 18, 1960, refers to their discussions about commumication satellites at the Cosmos Club.

Memo from Allen Puckett to J.W.Ludwig of December 14, 1960, concerning NASA's forthcoming RFP for a medium-altitude active satellite.

In a memo from Bob Roney to Allen Puckett on December 23, 1960, concerning the need for budget decisions for the 24-hour communication satellite program for 1961.

In a memo of January 6, 1961, Puckett informed Rosen, Williams, Hudson and a few others that Lutz would once again be evaluating their communication satellite proposal.

An agenda of an Institute of Defense Analysis meeting shows Rosen scheduled to brief the group between 10:30 and 11:00 on January 10, 1961. Rosen's write-up of the meeting on January 12 was directed at Allen Puckett. I noted that the panel was critical of Advent and that his description of the Hughes 24-hour satellite elicited "generally favorable comment."

In a memo to C.G.Murphy and F.P.Adler, dated January 13,1961, Sam Lutz demonstrated a less enthusiastic view of the 24-hour satellite, advocating extensive additional work and comparisons with passive and medium-altitude active satellites.

Memo from S.G.Lutz to Allen Puckett and A.V.Haeff of February 10, 1961. Subject: review of satellite communications. Lutz wrote a negative and critical report of the 24-hour satellite.

Telegram from Rosen to Rubel of February 28, 1961, apparently responding to remarks by Bill Baker, of Bell Telephone Laboratories.

March 1961: HAC report, "Stationary Satellite, Island Operation Phase."

Memeo from Allen Puckett to F.P.Adler of April 20, 1961. Subject: a conversation Puckett had had with John Rubel and Rubel's suggestions


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