This coming March 16 will mark the end of the fifth and last year of my Hughes SCG space history project with the closure of this website. I am going to step down from operating the website for personal reasons. We have documented many aspects of Hughes space achievements that might not have been otherwise recorded. Despite the more that 30 years spent at Hughes I have learned more about the company achievements in the last five years than I could imagine. There is much more that could be written and I am hopeful that someone will step forward to take over the website–I would be willing to provide support to such an effort.
There are many people that should be thanked for their efforts in supporting our website: these include Steve Dorfman who supported the startup and provided a number of insightful contributions; our most prolific authors included Dick Johnson, Andy Ott, Boris Subbotin, Will Turk, and Dick Brandes; Faith MacPherson transcribed numerable articles from Hughes News and SCG Journal; Su Kim Chung at the University of Nevada Las Vegas library who supported my visits to the Hughes archives and Susan Smylie, technical consultant.
Our website is hosted by SiteGround (see SiteGround.com) and over our five years of operation I have had no serious issues and have been able to solve any minor problems with brief online chats. The website software used is WordPress (see WordPress.org) to structure the inputs. There is no charge for WordPress and it updated by SiteGround whenever a update is available. Individual posts created in MS Word can be directly input to WordPress.
It was my initial goal to find an author willing to write about our space activities using the information posted on our website. Despite a number of contacts I have not been successful and recent discussions have centered upon writing with our own resources a self-published book. I am very willing to support any effort along these lines.
I am including in this post an updated launch log for Hughes spacecraft. This log of all unclassified launches was first posted on March 10, 2016 and now includes the two additional HS-376 launches conducted by Boeing in 2002/3 that would be required to complete a history of that satellite platform.