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TelStar, July 10, 1962 - 1st Privately Sponsored Space Satellite
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post Jul 9 2008, 08:34 PM
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July 10th Anniversary smile.gif

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Launched by NASA aboard a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral on July 10, 1962, Telstar was the first privately sponsored space launch. A medium-altitude satellite, Telstar was placed in an elliptical orbit (completed once every 2 hours and 37 minutes), revolving at a 45 degree angle above the equator. Because of this, its transmission availability for transatlantic signals was only 20 minutes in each orbit.

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post Jul 10 2008, 12:23 PM
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Telstar also highlighted the need for radiation hardening, as after launch it was 'menaced' by rad waste from a high altitude nuke test.

Recall in just a decade the launches of Pioneer 10 and 11 to brave the Jupiter radiation belts!

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post Jul 10 2008, 07:47 PM
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Next issue of BIS Spaceflight, probably September 2008, will have an article on TelStar wink.gif
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