‘Elliott Brothers are working on a space research project for the British Government. An announcement by the Elliott Automation Group last Saturday gave this news after Air Ministry authorisation. But beyond this news no-one will say anything.’
So starts a story on the front page of Electronics Weekly’s first-ever edition dated September 7th 1960 which kicked off 50 years of continuous reporting on the electronics industry.
The story continues:
‘The statement said that a team of scientists in the research laboratories of Elliott have been working for some time in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Farnborough, on ‘certain vital aspects’ of a British space project.’
“The project is classified”, the statement concludes, “and no further information is available.’
The story concludes:
‘Our Aeronautical Electronics Correspondent writes: “Elliotts have been engaged for some time on advanced navigation and guidance systems. They are also prominent in the computer field. It seems likely that it is the application of these techniques to a British satellite that they are now working on. This may be a communications satellite of the relay type, rather than a passive reflector type like the American Echo 1”.’