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2 Author(s)
J. L. Ryerson ; Holland Patent, NY, USA ; R. C. Pratt

The first intercontinental satellite communication link, which involved the NASA Echo I balloon, a transmitting station on the Island of Trinidad, and a receiving station at Floyd, NY, is discussed. Rome Air Development Center (RADC) experimental stations were set up using a great deal of ingenuity and makeshift equipment and on a very small budget. Much of the equipment was salvaged from unrelated systems, while some was hand-built for this project. The implementation of the system, the testing of the system using moon bounce, the first orbital launch of the Echo I balloon, and the early difficulties encountered in the project are reviewed.<>

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IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 8 )