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Artificial satellites

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Alfonse A. Acampora papers, 1957-1997

Accession: 2464-09Identifier: 2464-09-5.-II.
Scope and Content:

The Alfonse A. Acampora papers record the evolution of important aspects of military and commercial communications systems. His research in the sciences of information technology and image projection for satellite communications and facsimile apparatus is particularly well documented. Most of the collection relates to his work at RCA Globcom.

Three of Acampora's lab notebooks (1973-1984) can be found in Record group 26.

Dates: 1957-1997

C. Bruce Brooks papers

Accession: 2782

C. Bruce Brooks (1931-2016) was a chemical engineer and program manager for Thiokol Chemical Corporation (later Morton-Thiokol) from 1958 until his retirement in 1995. Thiokol is a leader in aerospace research, design, manufacturing, and testing of solid propellant rocket motors. This small collection of Brooks' papers provides valuable information about the development of solid rocket motors and early space flight. Of particular interest are trial materials related to the 1984 loss of two communications satellites, the Westar VI and the Palapa B-2. Brooks was program manager for designing and manufacturing the STAR 48 motors used in the satellites. The collection has been arranged into six series: Space programs publications and reports; Solid rocket motors (SRM) files; McDonnell Douglas Corporation v. Thiokol Corporation files; Newsletters, magazines, and technical papers; Company histories and personal papers; and Additional work papers.

Dates: 1947-2006

Edy Mozzi papers, 1962-2002

Accession: 2464-76Identifier: 2464-76-IV.
Scope and Content:

The Edy Mozzi Papers consist largely of a disassembled scrapbook Mozzi made documenting the RCA efforts on Project Relay (1962-1965). Newspaper and other press clippings, cartoons, NASA news releases, and photographs documenting the development and construction of Relay modules fill the former scrapbook pages. There are technical papers covering topics such as the launch procedures for Relay 1, the power supply problem in the Relay systems, a report written by Mozzi himself on the telemetry system, and photographs of the environmental testing process. The scrapbook also contained early stills of the first television programs transmitted, and pictures of President John F. Kennedy that were also sent across the Atlantic. Mozzi also collected clipping about the rival Telstar satellite program from AT&T. The latest contents of the scrapbook are related to a 1977 reunion of the engineers involved in Project Relay. In addition to the contents of the scrapbook, the papers include printed materials about RCA Video Tape, a 2001 interview with Mozzi from Public Radio International Reporter Paul Conlow, and materials relating to the transfer of the David Sarnoff Research Center to SRI, as well as Mozzi’s thoughts on that transaction.

Dates: 1962-2002

Engineering Department, 1942-1962

Accession: 1915Identifier: 1915-V.
Scope and Content:

The Engineering Dept. reports document the work of the department, primarily in the applications of analog computers. Important projects include: automatic pilots, computerized flight systems, instrument controls for nuclear submarines, space satellite technology, and internal guidance systems for long-range and medium-range missiles, including the Nike-Zeus.

Dates: 1942-1962

NASA ERTS (Landsat 1) images of the southwestern United States

Accession: 2012-203

Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS), now known as Landsat 1, was the first satellite launched as part of the Landsat program to continuously record observations of Earth from space. ERTS was launched on July 23, 1972. This small collection consists of eleven transparencies showing satellite images of locations in the southwestern United States and Rocky Mountains taken by NASA's Earth Resources Technology Satellite on February 2, 1975.

Dates: 1959; 1975

RCA Astro-Electronics Division records

Accession: 2464-70

The RCA Astro-Electronics Division (AED) led RCA’s research and development efforts in space technology from the beginning of the space race to the acquisition of RCA by GE in 1986. The records consist primarily of the papers of scientists Bert Sheffield, Max Mesner, and Charles Vose documenting RCA’s pioneering research. In addition, the Art Gompper Astro Print Shop collection provides insight into the administrative and promotional side of AED.

Dates: 1910-1993

Richard J. Klensch papers, 1936-2000

Accession: 2464-09Identifier: 2464-09-5.-IV.
Scope and Content:

The Richard J. Klensch papers contains lab notes, correspondence, drawings, photographs, and reports used to support Klensch's work. The collection documents his forty-seven years working as a scientist at RCA and the David Sarnoff Research Center, in the areas of radar, satellite communications, and electronic printing. In addition, the activities of the RCA Graphic Systems Division during his time there are well covered.

Nine of Klensch's lab notebooks (1952-1972) can be found in Record group 26.

Dates: 1936-2000