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The Early Bird satellite, 1965.


The Early Bird satellite, 1965.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Also known as Intelsat 1, Early Bird was launched on 6th April 1965 into geostationary orbit over the Atlantic Ocean to become the world's first commercial communications satellite. It carried the capacity to relay 240 telephone calls or one television channel.

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