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    A COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE ON SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS WAS OPENED IN LONDON, MAR 28, BY THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL, MR REGINALD BEVINS.

  • Description

    A COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE ON SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS WAS OPENED IN LONDON, MAR 28, BY THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL, MR REGINALD BEVINS.

    ADDRESSING REPRESENTATIVES OF MANY COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENTS, WHO WILL BE CONSIDERING OVER THE NEXT TWO OR THREE WEEKS THE DETAILED FINANCIAL, TECHNICAL AND ORGANISATIONAL PROBLEMS OF USING A CHAIN OF A DOZEN ORBITING SATELLITES FOR COMMUNICATIONS, MR BEVINS SAID THAT WHILE THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT SATELLITES WOULD PLAY A BIG PART IN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN THE FUTURE, THEY WERE "NOT JUST ROUND THE CORNER", NOR WOULD THEY QUICKLY OUST SUBMARINE CABLES.

    HOWEVER, IF SUCH SATELLITES COULD BE DEVELOPED COMMERCIALLY, THEY MIGHT BRING A TENFOLD INCREASE IN THE CAPACITY OF INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS AND ENABLE TELEVISION SIGNALS, TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH MESSAGES TO BE TRANSMITTED.

    THOUGH A ROCKET SIMILAR IN POWER TO THE BLUESTREAK BOOSTER COULD CARRY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES INTO ORBIT SOME 7,500 MILES ABOVE THE EQUATOR, WHERE THEY WOULD ACT AS RADIO REPEATER STATIONS, THERE IS AS YET NO SPECIFIC PLAN FOR THE LAUNCHING VEHICLE. FIRST ANGLO-AMERICAN EXPERIMENTS ARE TO BE MADE THIS YEAR, USING AMERICAN-DESIGNED SATELLITES LAUNCHED IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT THIS, MR BEVINS POINTED OUT, WAS MERELY INITIAL GROUNDWORK.

    THE BRITISH POST OFFICE, WHICH PREPARED THE DESIGN OF THE ENVISAGED SATELLITE SYSTEM, SAID ITS MAJOR PRACTICAL CONTRIBUTION SO FAR HAD BEEN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE SATELLITE. TRACKING STATION AT GOONHILLY DOWNS IN CORNWALL. THIS WOULD BE READY LATE IN MAY OR EARLY IN JUNE, IN TIME, TO BE USED IN THE EXPERIMENTS WITH THE AMERICAN SATELLITES. THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS ON THE JOB AT GOONHILLY DOWNS ARE THOSE WHO BUILT JODRELL BANK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4S1J7YT7CKPWFP8ZJCLS1A39
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4S1J7YT7CKPWFP8ZJCLS1A39
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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