The space age has come to the Seychell???, the British Indian Ocean territory which gains independence next week.
GV PAN OVER Jungle TO satellite station in clearing (2 shots)
LV PAN FROM Cable & Wireless building TO receiving dish (2 shots)
CU Central antennae PAN DOWN TO dish and control cabins (2 shots)
CU Control panels and operator at controls (2 shots)
GV Satellite station in clearing
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Background: The space age has come to the Seychell???, the British Indian Ocean territory which gains independence next week. A Cable and Wireless satellite earth station took only four months to assemble and is now fully operational.
SYNOPSIS: The Company says the installation reflects its faith in the future of the islands. It says that for the first time, an independent Seychelles will have direct access to space communications. The move is regarded as a major step forward in the development of the islands' own communications, and will provide a first class international service, according to Cable and Wireless. The company ???s the station is entirely civilian run -- an has not been designed to play a defence role in the Indian Ocean region.
Both the United Kingdom and the United States already have highly sophisticated systems in operation. And Cable and Wireless says it's highly unlikely either would require additional assistance over the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles gin independence at midnight, next Monday (28 June), when the station will be used for the first time to receive news pictures satellite from London by Cable and Wireless.