replica of the satellite Telstar 1 from 1962, 1982

Made:
(1962); 1982 in Croydon and United States
maker:
Aeronautical and General Instruments Company

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Satellites in the Space Gallery of the Science Museum, London, including a replica of Sputnik and Telstar 1. Telstar 1
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Telstar 1 communications satellite, 1962 (replica). Made by Bell Systems. General view. Black background. From a colour
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Full-scale replica of the Telstar 1 communications satellite original made by Bell Systems and launched in 1962, made by the Aeronautical and General Instruments Company, Croydon, England, 1982.

This is replica of Telstar 1, the world's first commercial communications satellite. It was a joint venture between the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, Bell Telephone laboratories, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and was the first in a series of experimental satellites. The Telstar 1 was launched on July 10, 1962. Telstar 1 was used to broadcast the first live transatlantic television broadcast on July 23 1962, and included images of the Statue of Liberty.

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Science Museum: Information Age Gallery: Constellation

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Details

Category:
Space Technology
Object Number:
1983-273
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified)
type:
satellites
taxonomy:
  • derivative object
  • copy - derivative object
  • reproduction
status:
Permanent collection

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