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The rise and fall of COMSAT : technology, business, and government in satellite communications

Author: David J Whalen
Publisher: [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ©2014
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Satellite communications grosses over $100 billion annually and is heading toward $200 billion. COMSAT started all of this in 1963 when it was organized in compliance with the Communications Satellite Act of 1962. COMSAT was responsible for choosing geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO), forming INTELSAT, and generally promoting the technological change that saw satellite power increase from the 40 watts of Early Bird  Read more...
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Whalen, David J.
Rise and fall of COMSAT.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
(DLC) 2013478934
(OCoLC)863595993
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Whalen
ISBN: 9781137396938 1137396938
OCLC Number: 881518574
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 278 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: A Technological Camelot --
1. The Communications Satellite Act of 1962 --
2. Creating COMSAT --
3. Creating Intelsat --
4. Rising to the Peak --
5. Mobile Satellite Communications --
6. Technology --
7. DOMSATs (COMSTAR and SBS) --
8. Direct Broadcast Satellites --
9. The Old Guard Retires --
10. Fadeout --
Epilog: Post-Mortem.
Responsibility: David Whalen.

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After pioneering this technology and growing the market, COMSAT fell prey to changes in government policy and to its own lack of entrepreneurial talent. The author explores the factors which  Read more...

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