• Short Summary

    RELAY, AMERICA' NEW COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE, IS SOARING THROUGH SPACE IN THE LATEST AND MOST POWERFUL BID TO LINK NATIONS OF THE WORLD.

  • Description

    RELAY, AMERICA' NEW COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE, IS SOARING THROUGH SPACE IN THE LATEST AND MOST POWERFUL BID TO LINK NATIONS OF THE WORLD. A THOR-DELTA ROCKET CARRYING THE PRISM-SHAPED, 170-POUND (ABOUT 77 KILOS) SATELLITE - A BIG BROTHER OF TELSTAR - BLASTED OFF FROM CAPE CANAVERAL ON THURSDAY NIGHT.

    BUT LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER LAUNCHING, RELAY DEVELOPED POWER TROUBLE, AND ALL TRANSMISSION TEST PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND WERE POSTPONED. THESE WERE TO INCLUDE AN EXCHANGE OF MESSAGES BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES BY REUTERS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL NEWS AGENCIES, PLUS TESTS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND BRAZIL.

    RELAY'S PLANNED ORBIT CALLED FOR A SPEED OF 17,000 MILES AN C, AN ORBITAL PATH RANGING FROM 800 MILES TO 4,500 MILES HIGH, AND ONE CIRCUIT ROUND THE GLOBE EVERY THREE HOURS.

    IT IS GEARED TO RELAY TELEVISION RADIO, TELETYPE, TELEPHONE AND HIGH-SPEED DATA SIGNALS BETWEEN GROUND STATIONS AT ANDOVER, USA GOONHILLY DOWNS, U.K., AN PLEUMEUR-BOUDOU, FRANCE. A STATION AT FUNCINO, ITALY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO PICK UP ITS SIGNALS.

    RELAY IS THE SAME WEIGHT AS TELSTAR, LAUNCHED LAST JULY, BUT IT HAS A TRANSMITTER FOUR TIMES MORE POWERFUL. ENGINEERS EXPECT IT TO SEND EVEN CLEARER TV AND OTHER SIGNALS THAN THE SUCCESSFUL TELSTAR TRANSMISSIONS.

    IF ALL GOES WELL WITH RELAY, MILLIONS OF TELEVIEWERS WILL WITNESS AN INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME WILL FEATURE YULETIDE PREPARATIONS IN II NATIONS ON THE NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN CONTINENTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DX14KNEXYOQOE59RYAK69OGN
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DX14KNEXYOQOE59RYAK69OGN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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