Tuesday, July 10, 2012

50 Years Ago Today......

Telstar was launched.
While not a Geostationary satellite, it never the less ushered in a new era in telecommunications.
Since it wasn't in a Geosynchronous orbit, it had to be tracked across the sky, using the Andover Earth Station, built by AT&T.

Launched from Cape Canaveral using a Delta rocket, it had an orbit with a perigee of approximately 590 miles, and an apogee of approximately 3680 miles.

Telstar I and II are both still in orbit, though they have long since gone silent.


  1. By the Tornados! LOVED that song!


    Wish I could go up and get the satellite as a souvenir...

  2. Yep, after Sputnik, Telstar REALLY started the satellite revolution!


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