Fifty years since launch of Telstar satellite
A great many of our readers will not have been born when the Telstar 1 satellite was launched, this satellite heralded the ability to transmit live TV pictures across the Atlantic. Today in 2012 on the 50th anniversary of its launch, we have a plethora of services reliant on signals from space, and more nations launching their own systems.
Satellite still has a place in ensuring broadband coverage across Europe, and while it may not be the cheapest solution on a per GB basis, as a service that can reach those spots others ignore it is unsurpassed. Back in 1962 it took a room full of hardware and technicians to upload and download the TV signal, now via firms like ToowayDirect it is all done with a small dish and modem in our homes.
The original Telstar was a creation of Bell Labs in America, the firm is now owned by Alcatel-Lucent. For those that have not seen how basic this first TV satellite was, head on over to see some pictures.