Milestone-Proposal talk:Apollo Unified S-Band Communications System, 1969

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Advocate Comments -- Dmichelson (talk) 10:41, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

Robert Colburn has reminded me that the Milestone proposal is still in progress and has not been submitted.

A few comments at this early stage.

The Unified S-Band System was certainly a transformational development in space communications. I have several concerns, however.

Procedural Issues

First, the title of this page should be corrected: s/Appollo/Apollo/

Second, as a courtesy, I believe that we should coordinate with NASA History Division. An obvious place to start is with Steve Garber:

Stephen Garber NASA History Division. Office of Communications NASA Headquarters, Room 5P25 Washington, DC 20546

Third, we need to be mindful that JPL and Rockwell Collins feel a strong ownership of the Unified S-band System. We should ensure that they don’t feel left out.

Finally, the proposed wording for the plaque is a bit rough and needs editing.

Technical Issues

There are a few technical issues with the proposal.

First, the number of references is lacking and there are no shortage of references that describe this work and its significance. Please fix this.

Second, the USB system also worked with the S-IVB and the lunar sub-satellites. This needs to be clarified. The S-IVB was almost an issue with Apollo 13 because it used the same frequency as the LM. Not an issue on a regular mission, but potentially difficult on that mission.

Re: Advocate Comments -- hswarford (talk) 13:58, 26 October 2018 (UTC)

Based on advocate's comments, this proposal is under revision to broaden the scope and include the multiple entities involved in development of the Unified S-Band communications system utilized on later Apollo missions.