Prelinger Archives. The Big Bounce

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  • The story of the Echo communications satellite project, and how scientists learned to bounce a radio signal off a big balloon. Describes the necessity of having more satellites in order to meet the world's growing telecommunications needs.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 13, 2013.
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  • Project Echo (1:44) -- Satellite Communication Rationale (1:34) -- Global Satellite System (1:50) -- Communication Missile Launch (2:55) -- Echo Satellite Technology (1:12) -- Space Communication Breakthrough (2:38) -- Project Echo Success (1:22) -- Credits: Prelinger Archives: The Big Bounce (0:32)
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