Tag Results for sputnik (13)

  1. We Really Are the Children of Sputnik

    Fifty years ago, the world was a simpler place. It was not a less hostile place, but it certainly was simpler. Many of the concerns we have today were with us then, and many of the routines we have today, we had then too. But then along came a little, shiny satellite -- which Saswato R. Das and I wrote about yesterday ("Sputnik: Fifty Years Later") -- and things began to change rapidly. Looking back to early October 1957 reminds us of how far we have progressed and, yet, how little we have changed. Here are a …

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  2. Remembering Sputnik: Charles A. Fowler (Part 2)

    Yesterday, we introduced you to one of our online guest columnists, Bert Fowler. Today, we share some thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik from this eminent IEEE Fellow. In an e-mail post this morning, Fowler alerted us to the fact that he first met Sir Arthur C. Clarke in 1943, when the two of them were young men working on Britain's top-secret radar program. On "loan" from the MIT Radiation Lab, Fowler participated in Europe in the effort to guide Allied pilots to their targets and get them safely home …

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  3. Remembering Sputnik: Charles A. Fowler (Part 1)

    In preparing our package of interviews recalling the significance of the launch of the Sputnik satellite a half century ago, we had to leave one account on the cutting-room floor. In "Sputnik: 50 Years Later", we focused on three early leaders in the field of space exploration who happened to be in exactly the same place at the same time in the days after the world's first artificial object was launched into orbit. Sir Arthur C. Clarke was the past-president of the British Interplanetary Society. Frederick C. Durant III was the past-president of the International Astronautics Federation. …

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