The first orbital promotional spacecraft program was developed by Scott Douglas Redmond and came close to being sponsored by Levi Strauss.
SCOTT PROPOSED THE MARS LANDING SYSTEM INFLATABLE AIRBAG SYSTEM, WHICH WAS, AT FIRST, REJECTED BY NASA. MARS LANDING SYSTEM INFLATABLE AIRBAG SYSTEM WAS LATER ACCEPTED BY NASA AND BECAME THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE MARS ROVER WAS LANDED BECAUSE NO OTHER OPTION WOULD WORK!
THE PAGEOS TEST SATELLITE WAS VISIBLE FROM EARTH, WHILE IN ORBIT, WHEN IT WAS ILLUMINATED BY THE SUN AT SUNRISE. Pageos had a diameter of exactly 100 feet (30.48 m), consisted of a 0.5 mils (12.7 µm) thick mylar plastic film coated with vapour deposited aluminium enclosing a volume of 524,000 cubic feet (14,800 m3) and was used for the Weltnetz der Satellitentriangulation (Worldwide Satellite Triangulation Network) – a global cooperation organized by Hellmut Schmid (Switzerland & USA) 1969-1973. Finished in 1974, the network connected 46 stations (3000–5000 km distance) of all continents with an accuracy of 3–5 m (approx. 20 times better than terrestrial triangulations at that time).
SCOTT'S EARTHSTAR TEST UNIT IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR A TEST:
A Related Concept Prototype For Launch Area Promotion For 7-11: