Re: TRSSCOM vs. TROPO
Here's the story in condensed form.
--- In email@example.com, Matthew Sadler <mws@s...> wrote:
> Telstar 1 became operational in July 1962 - the satellite was
> on the 10th at 4:00 AM, and after only 24 hours of operation voice
> television had already been sent across the satellite.
> Syncom 1 was launched on February 14, 1963 but was in a sub-
> orbit due to something malfunctioning on the bird.
> I picked up an interesting book at the Smithsonian two or so years
> "The Origins of Satellite Communications 1945-1965" by David
> Very interesting read, spends a lot of time discussing the
> between NASA, Bell, and a few others about ownership and operation
> the satellites, as well as what type of orbit would be preferable.
> above information came from that book.
> Now we are blessed with such space junk as SBS 6 and one of the
> birds, with fewer than half of the transponders still working,
> needs to be put out of its misery. Meanwhile, DirecTV is getting
> new Ka-band sats up in the sky... curious to see how they deal
> and snow fades.
> Dave Emery wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 28, 2005 at 08:57:36PM -0400, David Lesher wrote:
> >>Further, someone said "In 1966-68 satellite communication was
> >>still in the future"..
> >>My memory is at least most of the Gemini flights had live
> >>from the recovery carrier. That would make it ~1965 on. (Which
> >>not to say NSA had such available...)
> > The very first geosync satcom was Syncom I around 65...
> > by the Apollo era in 67 they were able to deploy satcom via the
> > first Intelsats - even to the NASA Apollo tracking ships.
> > So yes, it is true that in 67-68 there was the first
> > commercial geosync satcom available - but of course it belonged
> > an international consortium, not the US government and US
> > geosync or near geosync comsats were first launched a little bit
> > While I have no direct knowlage, it would seem logical that
> > TRSSCOM was an earlier system still in use then that did predate
> > geosynchronous comsats. And needless to say was doubtless
> > more covert than putting carriers from intelligence platforms up
> > early commercial satellites which everyone and his little
> > watching.
- James Bamford, in his book "The Puzzle Palace",
devotes a fair amount of dialog to the Liberty
incident and discusses the TRSSCOM communications
antenna that was on the ship. (This is great reading
wherein an expose of the NSA was/is concerned.
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