1965 – The First Transatlantic Television Signal from “Early Bird” Intelsat I

Intelsat I, a.k.a. Early Bird
Intelsat I, a.k.a. Early Bird

1965 – Intelsat I, a.k.a. Early Bird, went into service. This geosynchronous satellite sent the first signal between nine different countries. A “One Hour TV Spectacular” was broadcast to Europe from the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Intelsat I went up in space on April 6, 1965 and had only 240 voice circuits, so it could only transmit one TV channel at a time. Early Bird was one of three satellites that broadcast the first landing on the moon in 1969.

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