Episode 14 – Edwin Gould

Los Angeles, CA
81 Years Old

Edwin was one of my favorite surprises on this journey.  He was introduced to me via an email from his niece that found the project on Kickstarter.  She said I had to interview him because he engineered the first spy satellites the US Government ever built.  WOAH!

“I worked on the very first spy satellite this country ever built called ‘Corona’.  You can Google that if you want – you’ll learn all about area … photography.  You think it’s tricky to take a picture of something accurately that’s a hundred yards or more away?  The satellite’s at a hundred miles.  To take a picture of something a hundred miles away and figure out what you’re going to see and make a good photo … and clouds kind of get in the way, too.  Clouds are very uninteresting to look at.  And so there was a lot to be done about whether you turn the camera on, how do you build this thing, how do you fly it.  [It was] 13 fair years before we had success. ”  — Edwin Gould

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