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March 28, 1959


JAMA. 1959;169(13):1486. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000300082016

The development of lightweight radio equipment for artificial satellites to transmit back to the earth environmental information about space and planets may also assist physicians and physiologists to gather physiological data on human beings and animals while ambulant and with normal freedom of movement. The equipment need not be so rugged as to withstand the large accelerative forces of a rocket but can be sufficiently sturdy to resist damage of accidental falls and to function under the vigorous bodily movement of athletes and men and women at their regular work. The equipment could record data also on sedentary patients.

Miniature broadcasting equipment and its uses have been dealt with in an article by Beenken and Dunn.1 They visualize transmitters of not more than 2 lb. (0.9 kg.) in weight that can be operated by persons without radio engineering experience and that are nondirectional, within the tolerance of Federal Communications