The Beginnings of Global Communication

Fifty years ago on July 12, the communication satellite Telstar relayed the world’s first transatlantic television signal.

Telstar 1 satellite. Image Credit: Bell Labs

 Looks a bit like a death star…

During the four months it was active, Telstar’s facilitation of a vast number of telephone, telegraph, television and facsimile transmissions well demonstrated the feasibility of the satellite communication concept.

The launch of Telstar was the birth of privately sponsored space-faring missions with AT&T footing the bill for the commercial payload.

Pretty cool, huh?

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4 Responses to “The Beginnings of Global Communication”

  1. Helene Says:

    Fifty years on things haven’t changed that much!

  2. sandra Says:

    Oh, I don’t know. The amount of RSI in thumbs from texting non-stop has probably risen exponentially.

  3. Sandra Harris Says:

    Fifty years and things have changed substantially – my constant confusion is good testament to that.
    Someone’s dream, someone’s idea. Look at us now! Yes… I think pretty cool.

  4. sandra Says:

    Well hello, Sandra. Nice to meet you. 🙂 LOL I couldn’t remember making a comment that would need moderation. A New Zealander, heh? My best friend is a Kiwi. From what I’ve seen the Sandra Harris/s of this world are a big tribe. 🙂 Yes, if you blink these days, technology just whizzes by. In fact you don’t even have to blink! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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