Telstar – a satellite that ‘talks’ from space

It was on Tuesday 10th July 1962 that Telstar – the first privately owned satellite – was launched on top of a Thor-Delta rocket. It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, and fax images. It also provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Telstar 2 was launched on May 7, 1963.

Telstar 1 relayed its first, and non-public, television pictures – a flag outside Andover Earth Station – to Pleumeur-Bodou on July 11, 1962 and some two weeks later, on July 23, it relayed the first publicly available live transatlantic television signal. The broadcast was shown in Europe by Eurovision and in North America by a whole range of organizations.  The first public broadcast featured CBS’s Walter Cronkite and NBC’s Chet Huntley in New York, and the BBC’s Richard Dimbleby in Brussels.  The first pictures were the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

‘Telstars’ are now an integral part of business live across the world


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