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TELSTAR 1

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    TELSTAR 1 can be found in the following categories:
    Space & Earth Science

    NORAD ID: 340
    Int'l Code: 1962-029A
    Perigee: 951.7 km
    Apogee: 5,648.2 km
    Inclination: 44.8 °
    Period: 157.7 minutes
    Semi major axis: 9670 km
    Launch date: July 10, 1962
    Source: United States (US)
    Comments: TELSTAR 1 was launched on top of a Thor-Delta rocket on July 10, 1962. It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, fax images and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Telstar 2 was launched May 7, 1963. Telstar 1 operated normally from launch until November 1962, when the command channel began to behave erratically. The satellite was turned on continuously to circumvent this problem. On November 23, 1962, the command channel ceased to respond. On December 20, the satellite was successfully reactivated, and intermittent data were obtained until February 21, 1963, when the transmitter failed.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 00340U 62029A   14107.64241889 -.00000110  00000-0  00000+0 0  9735
    2 00340 044.7683 308.3171 2428112 307.8874 032.5744 09.12849521726866
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for TELSTAR 1

     
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