The Origins of Satellite Communications, 1945-1965 / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Smithsonian Institution Press
Conventional assumptions hold that U.S. government research and development efforts produced the satellite communications industry. David J. Whalen has looked deeply into the history of the industry and presents remarkable new information to tell a much different story. He finds that most of the satellite technology was privately developed by AT&T and Hughes Aircraft Company, and that the market for satellite communications existed before the government stepped in.
About the Author
David J. Whalen has been an engineer in the satellite communications industry for almost thirty years. He is currently a consultant and lives in Virginia.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Communications Satellite Chronology Chapter 2 1. Introduction: The Billion-Dollar Technology Chapter 3 2. From World War II to Sputnik: Inventing Communications Satellites Chapter 4 3. Post-Sputnik: Industry and the Military Innovate Chapter 5 4. Government Intervenes Chapter 6 5. Building the Satellites Chapter 7 6. Choosing a System Chapter 8 7. Outcomes: Billion-Dollar Industry Chapter 9 Appendix 1. Orbits Chapter 10 Appendix 2. Communications