‘Space Challenge To Engineers – Tribute to British circuit designers’ was a headline in the very first edition of Electronics Weekly produced in 1960, 50 years ago this year.
‘How electronics engineers are meeting the technical challenge of instrumentation in research space vehicles was described by a number of speakers last week at the Rocket and Satellite Instrumentation Symposium, organised by the British Interplanetary Society and The Society of Instrument Technology,’ is how the story starts.
‘Dr A.P.Willmore (UniversityCollege, London) described the instrumentation for the first Anglo-American Scout satellite to be placed in orbit late next year,’ continues the story.
‘In his address he paid a handsome tribute to engineers of Pye and Bristol Aircraft who had produced the circuitry for certain of the experiments’, continues the story, ‘the Pye unit, part of the equipment for measuring electron density and temperature, included waveform generators and amplifiers on two 5½” diameter circular cards, forming a stack 2″ high with a total power consumption of only 60W. Dr Willmore said: “Pye have turned out a fine piece of equipment.”‘