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Cambridge, MA: United Research Incorporated, 1961. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Spiral bound. vi, 49 pages. Some cover wear. Scarce/Rare early commercial communications satellite study. This was prepared for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The study was focused on the nontechnical problems and policy questions inherent in determining a comprehensive program for commercial application of communication satellite systems. Name of previous owner, Gerald W. Siegal, written at top of title page. Professor Siegel was a listed consultant to this study. Gerald Siegel is a lawyer by training. During the l950s he served in staff positions in the Senate including the Senate Special Committee on Space and Astronautics as it considered the proposal for a Space Act during the first half of 1958. Mr. Siegel left the Senate shortly thereafter to lecture at Harvard and then served as the Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Washington Post. Eugene Zuckert was also a consultant. Eugene M. Zuckert (1911 – 2000) was the seventh United States Secretary of the Air Force from 1961 to 1965.
United States General Accounting Office, Office of Special Investigations, 1997. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. 6,  pages. This is a letter report. This report was requested by Senator Domenici who was concerned about 'questionable management practices and possible wrongdoing in the TOPAZ II space nuclear power program. The TOPAZ nuclear reactor is a lightweight nuclear reactor developed for long term space use by the Soviet Union. Cooled by liquid metal, it uses a high-temperature moderator containing hydrogen and highly enriched fuel and produces electricity using a thermionic converter. In the TOPAZ-II or ENISY reactor each fuel pin (96% enriched UO2) is sheathed in an emitter which is in turn surrounded by a collector, and these form the 37 fuel elements which penetrate the cylindrical zirconium hydride (ZrH) moderator. This in turn is surrounded by a beryllium neutron reflector with 12 rotating control drums. Liquid metal coolant (NaK) surrounds each fuel element. The mass of the reactor is ~ 1,061 kg (2,339 lb).