Echo 1 Satellite

Echo 1 was a giant 10 story, 100 ft aluminized plastic balloon. It was the !st attempt to communicate by satellite. I was used for a demonstration phone call between New Jersey and California. A recorded message from President Eisenhower was also relayed through this passive reflector satellite. Because of its large size and reflectivity it could be easily seen on the ground at night as it passed over.

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