After initial training etc, Clarke became involved in development of a specialised radar system to give assistance to pilots and aircraft in the most critical time of a flight, the approach to landing.
The radar system concerned was MPN1, the first GCA (Ground Control Approach) system, involving beam widths and accuracies that are still impressive today.
As mentioned in its dedication, it involved amongst others, Luis Alvarez, who made major contributions to very diverse scientific fields.
Clarke's experience gained with MPN1 and his prior interests in astronomy and rocketry, led to his 1949 proposal of Geo-stationary Satellites, providing the basis of today's Satellite Telephony, Television etc, whilst studying at Imperial College London.
"Glide Path" therefore covers an important phase and seminal period in the life of its author, Arthur C Clarke.
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