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"I believe in limited government, and the 20th century has been the century of government. The data is uniform. The government has failed at every single task it has set out to do, with the exception of waging war."
- Bart Kosko

Guided Missile Control Station  
  An orbital missile base.  

This is an early description of what today is called an orbital weapons platform.

Circum-Terra was a great confused mass in the sky. It had been built, rebuilt, added to, and modified over the course of years for a dozen different purposes - weather observation station, astronomical observatory, meteor count station, television relay, guided missile control station, high-vacuum strain-free physics laboratory, strain-free germ-free biological experiment station, and many other uses...

"Don't you realize that the war is already over? Man, this place isn't just a traffic depot; it's the main guided-missile control station. They can bomb every last city on Earth from here, like ducks in a pond!"

From Between Planets, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1951
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See the discussion of the space platform from E.B. White's excellent 1950 short story The Morning of the Day for an earlier example.

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