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

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

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

Procedural Issues

First, 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

Second, 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.

Third, 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.

I'm curious: Who proposed this milestone? William Bogler?