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February 7, 2008

Bob Luly, Senior Technical Advisor, atContact, Died Aged 65


by Rachael Grant

Bob Luly, Senior Technical Advisor, atContact, Died Aged 65

Bob Luly, a pioneer of modern satellite technology, his contributions spanning over 30 years, died on February 1st, aged 65. His particular speciality was in the area of consumer orientated antennas, and customer premises equipment.

After leaving active duty in the U.S Air Force, Luly went on to work at Lockheed Aircraft’s Microwave lab. Luly also attended the University of California (UCLA), and later went on to receive a lifetime teaching credential in 1968. Following that, he then joined the faculty at the College in San Bernardino.

Luly formed the company Luly Telecommunications which designed and then manufactured products in the area of satellite communications. He held numerous patents which have since been licensed by major companies such as Fuijitsu and Mobile Telesystems, amongst others. He’s achieved recognition for inventing the umbrella antenna which is now used in L-band transportable satellite telephones.

Other achievements include the process of ‘potting’ electric guitar pickups to prevent squealing, and in 2000 he received the DBS Innovation Award For Technical Excellence. Luly also wrote a monthly technical column for the trade journal Satvision. He’s also provided technical advice to Charlie Ergen at EchoStar Communications, David Drucker at AtContact Communications and WildBlue Communications as well as David Leonard at WildBlue Communications.

Luly is survived by his wife and four children. On Sunday February 10th there will be a celebration of his life, which will be held in Denver Colorado. If you would be interested in further details, please contact
fiona.griffith@atcontact.com

If you would like to send donations for his children, please send them to: Robert Luly Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, Southglenn Branch, at 2350 East Arapahoe Road, Littleton, Colorado—80122. Telephone: (303) 797-4720.

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