Thanks for this good article. I was reminded of something similar when I was covering a show in Yokohama, Japan last week.
I saw NEC's image compression algorithm, called StarPixel at the show. It was apparently adopted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for use in the Venus Climate Orbiter AKATSUKI a few years ago.
I was told that while it took 60 seconds for JPEG 2000 to do lossless compression on a very large image file, it took StarPixel one second. Various constraints working in the space certainly give opportunities for developments of new technologies.
Thanks for this artilce. I agree with everything in this article except the year of 1969. I believe that 1968 was the year that laid down the groundwork to ensure that we were successful in 1969. The first was that re-application of hardware developed for Apollo. This was the approach proposed for the Apollo Applications Program (AAP), which had been endorsed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964-1965. Once again, wonderful article.
I miss the quality of some of the programs that were shot using orthocon tubes. I only occasionally watch 21st Century television, and it becomes clear within seconds that I'm "not the target demographic".