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Originally posted by Gazrok
The "satellite" bit is still what sticks out in my mind on this one, and while I respect the majesticdocuments project, I think they ranked this one a notch or two too high on the confidence scale.
Originally posted by senshido
...Can we assume that those who wrote SOM1-01, knew of the increasing number of upcoming satellite launches? Knowing that such projects can take long preparation build-up time?
The first satellite program was known as the Military Satellite System, or Weapon System 117L (WS 117L). The commander of Air Research and Development Command transferred responsibility for the program from Wright Air Development Center to WDD on 10 October 1955. WS 117L was, in concept, a family of separate subsystems that could carry out different missions, including photographic reconnaissance and missile warning. However, by the end of 1959, WS 117L had evolved into three separate programs: the Discoverer Program, the Satellite and Missile Observation System (SAMOS),15 and the Missile Defense Alarm System (MIDAS).