In the United States the eagerly-awaited communications satellite... Intelsat-4 ... was undergoing final assembly and?
In the United States the eagerly-awaited communications satellite... Intelsat-4 ... was undergoing final assembly and checking at Cape Kennedy on Thursday (21st January) in preparation for launching the following day (Friday 22nd January).
Nearly two stories high, the one-and-a-half ton satellite was built for an international communications organisation at a cost of over 13 million dollars.
From a stationary orbital position, 22,000 miles above the earth's equator, Intelsat-4 will provide thousands of trans-Atlantic Voice circuits and will also be capable of relaying as many as 12 simultaneous colour television programmes.
Intelsat-4 has been designed to span the earth. A mechanism which can be remotely controlled from earth will switch the satellite's transmission beams on and off, and vary the coverage from broad to pinpoint areas as required. With a capacity eight times greater than previous satellites, Intelsat-4 is the first of a series of eight to be launched by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Two more may be launched later this year.