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Solar PV Industry Group Invokes US Legacy of Industrial Innovation Ahead of Telstar 1′s 50th Anniversary

Solar PV Industry Group Invokes US Legacy of Industrial Innovation Ahead of Telstar 1′s 50th Anniversary

Scientists, engineers and other members of the US solar photovoltaic (PV) industry are gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Telstar 1, the launch of which ushered in the area of modern, space-based telecommunications, as well as solar PV energy technology. Telstar 1 was launched in July, 1962, amid the Cold War era “Space Race.” Some 3,600 solar PV cells met the pioneering satellite’s power needs as it began beaming the first space-based telephone calls and television broadcasts. The successful launch of Telstar 1 marked a milestone in an era of US and Western scientific and technological innovation, and it’s one that solar PV industry participants hold particularly dear. “The advances marked just two milestones in a more-than-125-year solar strand of American industrial heritage that gives the solar industry special standing in the nation’s technology pioneerin...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/11/solar-pv-industry-gro...

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