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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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regarding the actions that Hughes should take (HAC archives: Commercial Communication Satellites 1990-05, Box 6 DoD Communication Satellite).

Memo from C. Gordon Murphy to J.W.Ludwig of April 27, 1961. Subject: A conversation Murphy had had with Rubel.

Letter dated May 8, 1961, from Allen Puckett to John Rubel. Subject: A Program for Interim Satellite Communication.

Memo dated May 11, 1961, from Williams to Hyland, outlining the mistakes he thought the company had made with respect to developing the 24-hour communication satellite.

Telegram dated May 18, 1961, from Jack Philips to R.E.Wendahl, telling him that Hughes had just been informed that they were unsuccessful in their bid for Project Relay.

Memorandum for the Associate Administrator from Robert Nunn and Leonard Jaffe to Robert Seamans, dated June 6, 1961. The memo states, "It is recommended that NASA immediately embark on a project leading to tests of a simple, light weight communication satellite at 24-hour orbital altitudes..." This memo formalized a situation that Seamans and Rubel had worked to bring about.

Memo from A.S.Jerrems to Allen Puckett dated June 19, 1961. Jerrems wrote, "Here is another bulletin on the Rubel situation. In a telephone conversation this weekend, Rubel advised me that he spent all day Saturday (June 17) in a meeting with NASA to discuss communication satellite plans. He was inscrutable about the detailed content of the meeting, but he made a statement to the effect that in his opinion, HAC prospects for getting a synchronous satellite funded were better now than they had ever been."

A letter of June 23, 1961, from Roswell Gilpatric, deputy secretary of defense, to James Webb. He writes, "Mr. Rubel has told me about the plans that he and Dr. Seamans are formulating for an interim synchronous satellite communication experiment with potential for an interim opera


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