East Africa's Satellite Communications Receiving Station, located at Mount Margaret, Rift Valley, Kenya will be completed and operational in August.
Aerial View Station
LV The Station
LV & SV giraffes
MV Contractor's board
MV Masai man with spear to camera - station in B/G
CU Sign "Satellite Communications Station"
GV PAN station building
SV Int. technician from London setting up equipment
MV & CU wave form on oscilloscope
GV Technician in control room
CU Control equipment
MV Technician at panel
CU Technician TILT to fixing signal button on panel
MV Masai man listens to test signal through earphones
CU PAN from hand on knob to face
SV Ext. Tower with dish aerial
MV Another European technician walking inside control room
LV & SV Massive dish aerial
SV Technician climbs up dish aerial steps
LV Technician atop aerial
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Background: 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.