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Early Bird

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1965-028A

Description

The Early Bird (INTELSAT 1) was the first operational satellite for the COMSAT Corporation. The satellite was cylindrical in shape, measuring 710-mm diameter and 584-mm in height, and weighed 38.6 kg. The satellite was operated by COMSAT in cooperation with the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT). It was capable of television broadcast forwarding between Europe and the US.

Alternate Names

  • 1F1
  • I1F1
  • 01317
  • INTELSAT 1
  • EarlyBird

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1965-04-06
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 149 kg

Funding Agency

  • Communications Satellite Corporation (United States)

Disciplines

  • Communications
  • Space Physics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. C. P. Smith, Jr.Project ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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