50 years after Telstar: How Space Age spawned communication age – Cosmic Log

50 years after Telstar: How Space Age spawned communication age - Cosmic Log

Telstar 1, launched 50 years ago on July 10, 1962, was the world’s first commercial communications satellite.

50 years after Telstar: How Space Age spawned communication age – Cosmic Log.

50 years ago, on July 10, 1962, NASA launched the very first commercial satellite – Telstar 1.  The satellite relayed a trans-Atlantic TV signal on July 12, 1962, marking the beginning of the global communications network we all rely on today!

While Sputnik 1 (launched by the Soviet Union October 4, 1957) was technically the first communication satellite in orbit, its communication functions were very limited – transmitting radio signals identifying speed and location data.

So as you watch your favorite TV show or talk with your friends on your cell phone, thank NASA, AT & T, and Bell Laboratories!

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