SAO Loses Satellite-tracking Contract

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The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is informed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that the contract to operate all U.S. laser satellite-tracking stations has been awarded to the Bendix Corp., ending more than a quarter of a century of SAO involvement in the tracking of artificial earth satellites.


  • Bendix Corporation
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," December 1983, p. 2.

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  • Artificial satellites
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Astrophysics
  • Geodesy
  • Contracts
  • Astronomy

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