The three U.S. television networks and European television systems, in co-operation with the International Telephone?
The three U.S. television networks and European television systems, in co-operation with the International Telephone and Telegraph Company, the Space Agency and the Navy, are planning to broadcast live scenes of the recovery of the GT-7 and GT-6 astronauts. This is to be accomplished with the aid of the Early Bird communications satellite.
A huge dish antenna has been installed aboard the USS Wasp, an aircraft carrier which will serve as the prime recovery vessel for both GT-6 and GT-7. If the recovery operations proceed normally, the astronauts will be picked up from their floating capsules by a helicopter and taken directly to the Wasp. Later, the capsule will also be brought aboard. The arrival of the men will be covered by normal television cameras, feeding to a remote unit (outside broadcast) van parked on the carrier's hanger deck. The van, and an associated power van, provide the customary control facilities for picture and sound. The van in turn feeds the signal to the dish antenna on the Wasp's flight deck.
The signal from the antenna is to be relayed by the Early Bird satellite to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company's ground station at Andover, Maine from where it will be fed into the American television systems. The picture will also be relayed to a European ground station, and made available in Europe.
A considerable crew of technicians has been aboard the Wasp for some weeks preparing the gear.