A Transistor Museum Interview

with Dr. George Ludwig

The First Transistors in Space - Personal Reflections by the Designer of the Cosmic Ray Instrumentation Package for the Explorer I Satellite

 

Copyright 1958 by George Ludwig

 

 

1958 Photo from NASA Archives

 

Copyright 1958 by George Ludwig

 

The above photograph is from 1958 and displays the partially disassembled Explorer Instrumentation package. Note the schematic diagram in the background, depicting the onboard transistor circuits. At right, above, is a photo showing actual installation of the Explorer 1 satellite on the Jupiter-C launch vehicle. At right, lower, is a photo of Dr. Ludwig holding the Explorer 1 backup satellite payload.

 

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