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Project Echo: "The Big Bounce" 1960 Passive Comm Satellite (video)

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Winston

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Somewhat humorous due to comments (in 1960) about geostationary comm satellites like "if it became possible to put three such satellites in orbit, they could cover the Earth (with comm). But this high orbit 22,000 mile system is, at best, FAR in the future." (The first geostationary comm satellite was in orbit by 1964) Instead, they suggest a large fleet of passive Echo satellites in orbit. I wonder if they knew at that time what a large effect solar radiation pressure might have on the satellite orbits of what were, in effect, very large solar sails.

[video=youtube;sY8MeZ6lpwI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY8MeZ6lpwI[/video]
 

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Top Men here. Hey Bill, we have a small amount of static we can't seem to get rid of. Do you think it could be the Russkies? Or is it something else?
 

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In 1946 Project Diana began the effort to use a satellite as a passive communications reflector. In this case, the moon. Got to see Diana up close and personal. The thing I remember the most was the discarded sold silver cable lying about the facility.
 
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