Silicon Sky: How One Small Start-Up Went over the Top to Beat the Big Boys into Satellite Heaven

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Index
ACS (attitude-control system), 38-39, 74, 132, 137, 139, 142-145, 162-164, 200, 310, 311
ACTS (Advanced Communications Technology Satellite), 12, 96
Aerospace industry, 17, 31, 70-72, 140-142, 156, 210, 249
decline of, 6-11, 159-160, 221-225
Orbital start-up and, 90-97
project teams, 85-88
secrecy in, 55, 58
Vandenberg Air Force Base, 284-286
Aguerrevere, Santiago, 217-219, 226-227
Alcorn, Fred, 90, 93, 94
Alex Brown & Sons, 67
American Automobile Association, 62, 75, 184
AMSAT, 69, 70-72, 74, 82
Anselmo, René, 224
Apex satellite, 12, 277
Apple, Inc., 8-9, 33, 93, 95, 204
Arnold, 290, 291
ARSE (attitude reference system), 137-138, 143, 145, 162
AT&T, 75, 108
Attenuation, 236
Augustine, Norm, 7, 221, 222
Ballas, Stan, 215-216, 177-182
Bandwidth, 56, 69, 73, 77-78, 82, 285 See also Spectrum
Barkley, Bruce, 181
Battery problem, 268-271
Bellinger, Frank, 255, 256-257
Bennis, Warren, 319
Big Blue (IBM), 9, 10, 204
Blundersats, 75
B minus spacecraft, 249-250, 274, 279-280, 311, 312
BrazilSat, 159
Building 1555, 286, 287-300
Burgess, Gregg, 164-165, 169-170, 172-173, 202
Burrows, William E., 8
Burton Mesa, 284-286
Bush, George, 2
Carpenter, Mike, 234-239
Cellular phone industry, 101-102, 108-110, 219-220
Center for Innovative Technology, 75
Challenger explosion, 7, 36, 96, 123, 155
Chang, Grace, 39, 48, 84, 132, 133, 291, 293-294 ACS, 142-145, 163-164 background of, 26
"Cheap-ass system," 162,200
Clarke, Arthur C., 13, 14
Clarke orbit, 13
Cleary, Bill, 255, 257-258
Commercial aerospace, 6-13, 55-58, 93-97, 210, 313, 319-322 See also Aerospace industry
COMSAT, 108, 223-224
Copeland, Eric, 30, 246
COSPAS/SARSAT, 52-53
Credibility, 58, 76, 107, 155, 183, 184, 218-219
Cringley's law, 204
Crockett, Bruce, 224
Datasat, 73
dBs (decibels), 236
DCAAS (Dynamic Channel Activity Assignment System), 238
Deckett, Martin, 182
Denton, Rob, 29, 34, 84-85, 97, 247, 295, 296, 323
background of, 24, 26-27
lab projects, 40-46, 48
Teleglobe deal, 164-167
DirecTV, 285
Dobbles, Mike, 97, 111, 132, 161, 253, 323
background of, 20-23
personal life, 205-210
project interaction, 35-39
DOD (Department of Defense), 159, 225, 285
Doherty, Mickey, 294, 297-298
"DOOM". See OSX (operating system X)
Dreher, Mark, 184, 220, 221
background of, 106, 108
Orbcomm markets, 103-110
Earth sensor, 228-231
Earth station, 77, 177-182, 215-219, 226-227
EDU satellite, 47, 118, 275
Elephants, 44, 121, 122, 125, 158, 159
Elias, Antonio, 2, 44, 153, 155
Engineering, 85-88
team, 20-30, 84-85, 121 fates of, 311-314, 321-323
Fairchild Space and Defense Corporation purchase, 248-249, 261, 266-267
FCC (Federal Communications Commission), 56, 61, 63, 75

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