John H. Evans Library Digital Collections

Radiation, Inc. Archives: Reports 1956-1969

Homer Denius and George Shaw founded Radiation Inc. in 1950. The engineers of Radiation developed high-tech tracking and telemetry systems for America’s fledgling space program. Radiation products were used on the first weather and communication satellites and defense missile programs.

The company’s success attracted the attention of large national corporations, and on July 12, 1967, Radiation Inc. was officially merged with Harris-Intertype Corporation. The legacy of Radiation Inc. and its founders lays in the success and global reputation of today’s Harris Corporation in communication and technology markets.

This exhibit includes annual reports and detailed brochures outlining the company's scope and history, as well as some biographical information of employees and personnel.  Additionally, these reports outline many of the company's projects and programs which included Courier (the first U.S. space satellite), Doppler Radar, Apollo, Saturn, Titan, Minuteman, the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), and the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO), among others.