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"Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen."
- Larry Niven

Pilot Beam  
  A signalling device that space craft in orbit descending to Earth could home in on and land.  

Very early description of this useful idea.

“Anything else before we clear?” asked Lazarus. “Oh, yes — Zack, we’d better arrange a place for me to ground, or. I may shorten a lot of lives with my blast.”

“That’s true. I’ve planned on it. Make your approach from the south. I’ll have your berth marked in the usual fashion.”

“Better give him a pilot beam to come in on, too,” Ford warned.

“Why?” asked Lazarus. “I don’t need one. I could set her down on the top of the Washington Monu- ment.”

“Not tomorrow night you couldn’t. Don’t be surprised at the weather.”

From Methuselah's Children, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Here's the landing sequence:

The thought was cut short by an urgent signal from his board; he had picked up Barstow’s pilot beam.

He wheedled her in, cut his last jet as she scraped, and slapped a se- ries of levers; the great cargo ports rumbled open, and the rain beat in.

Compare to the space-beacon from Exploration Team, the 1956 story by Murray Leinster.

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