• Short Summary

    East Africa's Satellite Communications Receiving Station, located at Mount Margaret, Rift Valley, Kenya will be completed and operational in August.

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    East Africa's Satellite Communications Receiving Station, located at Mount Margaret, Rift Valley, Kenya will be completed and operational in August.

    Operating via the Indian Ocean Satellite which hovers above the equator about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometres) east of Africa, the station will provide direct links to an area extending from Britain to Japan.

    The dish aerial is constructed of steel and aluminium and is 97 feet (30 metres) in diameter, and mounted on a concrete pedestal with foundations which extend 52 feet (16 metres) below the surface.

    "Mount Margaret" Station is located 35 miles (56 kms) north-west of Nairobi on a site which is 5,500 feet (1,700 metres) above sea level. This allows the satellite signal to be picked up by "Mount Margaret" without having to pass through the densest part of the earth's atmosphere.

    In marked contrast to the Space-Age installation are its surrounding where cattle graze, giraffe roam and life continues as always in Masai and Kikuyu villages.

    Work on the receiving station began early in 1969. It is of ultra-modern design and has been planned to fulfil its role for many years to come with a built-in capability of operating with present generation satellites and with those planned for the future.

    All forms of international communications will be handled by the station - telephone calls, telegrams, telex messages and radio pictures.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5CW4ZZQODK2HRDKWRAYI77GWM
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CW4ZZQODK2HRDKWRAYI77GWM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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