The first satellite that the U.S. will try to place in an orbit around
the earth has apparently been downgraded by about three-quarters. Last
week Washington officials of Project Vanguard admitted, with some
cross-contradiction, that the first try will be made with a sphere 6.4
in. in diameter weighing about 4.5 lbs. The original plans called for a
20-in. sphere weighing 21.5 lbs. and packed with instruments and radio
transmitters. The reduced satellite will carry practically nothing
beyond minimum radio equipment to allow it to be tracked through space.
Reliable sources report that the Department of Defense is afraid that
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