|Intelsat 1 (Early Bird)
- Early Bird was the world's first operational geostationary communications satellite, also known as Intelsat 1. It was launched in 1965 and provided 240 telephone channels from
its station over the Atlantic at a time when transatlantic cables only
provided 412 channels.
- Early Bird was also the name of a commercial Earth resources and reconnaissance satellite owned by
EarthWatch of Longmont, Colorado. Images from Early Bird – the
world's first private "spy" satellite – were to have shown detail
as small as three meters across and been available to anyone for a fee
of a few hundred dollars. However, contact with the spacecraft was lost
shortly after its launch on December 24, 1997, by a Start 1 rocket from
Svobodniy into a 479 × 488 km × 97.3° orbit.
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