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ADVANCED RECONNAISSANCE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Air Force Ballistic Missile Office
Headquarters Air Research Development Command
Special Handling Required
"The results of the numerous studies conducted since1946 at the Direction of the Department of Defense...The concept of the Advanced Reconnaissance Systems a result of studies conducted at the Rand Corporation. A study completed in 1947 together with similar investigations by other contractors concluded that a satellite vehicle was feasible as a reconnaissance vehicle but not as a weapon carrier."