Volume 14, No. 1

Mercurial Matters

Memo: Book Reviews

New SHOT International Scholar

Campaign for SHOT

Information Technology Research Opportunities at NSF

In Search of the First Personal Computer

What Mercurians are Reading and Writing

Communication as Philosophy

That's As High As It Will Ever Get: Getting Into Orbit

I Want My MZTV!

Index to Articles 1988—2001

Contact Us

mercurians back button


Relay 1 Satellite

Cover: Relay 1 being assembled at the Astro-Electronics Division of RCA in Princeton, NJ. This experimental łactive,˛ rather than passive, satellite received radio transmissions from Earth and retransmitted them back to another ground location. It weighed 172 pounds, was 33˛ high, and 29˛ in diameter, at its broadest. To read more about early geosynchronous orbiting U. S. communication satellites, see David. J. Whalen's essay. Image accessed at <>.