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    Africa's first ever satellite communications station was opened by President Jomo Kenyatta at Mt Margeret in Kenya yesterday (12 Nov).

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    Africa's first ever satellite communications station was opened by President Jomo Kenyatta at Mt Margeret in Kenya yesterday (12 Nov).

    After the opening ceremony the Kenyan President and United Nations Secretary-General U Thant exchanged greetings using the satellite system. President Kenyatta told the United Nations leader in New York "I hope some East African Ambassadors are hearing what we are saying through this magic."
    The conversation relayed over loudspeakers, was heard by thousands of people attending the opening ceremony.

    The space communications system is situated in the Rift Valley north west of Nairobi, and enables East Africa to communicate direct with places as far apart as Britain and Australia via the Indian Ocean satellite, Intelsat.

    Constructed by the electronics firm Marconi, the station, which cost 1.7 million sterling (about 4 million dollars), we eventually handle up to 528 voice channels. Initially, the station is equipped to handle 132 conversations at one time.

    The antenna of the station is 97-feet (29.6 metres) in diameter and is pivoted to enable it to follow the position of the satellite in the sky. The antenna structure weighs nearly 300 tons.

    The instrument room of the station is fully equipped with air-conditioning and automatic doors. The three East African Governments of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda hold 60 percent of the shares in the station. A british company holds the remainder of the shares. Eventually it is hoped the station will be equipped to handle television.

    President Kenyatta said:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5DLQYLYNVO441AQU31JLVFT2L
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DLQYLYNVO441AQU31JLVFT2L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
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