An Intelsat Three will be launched on July 00 to complete the Intelsat Three world-wide communications satellite network.
ANIMATION OF EARTH AND THREE SATELLITES IN ORBIT
ANIMATION OF SATELLITE RADIATING TO EARTH
CHILDREN WATCHING TV; TV MONITORS
INTERCUTS OF TELEPHONES
ANIMATION OF EARTH AND NEW COUNTRIES INSTALLING GROUND STATIONS
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Background: An Intelsat Three will be launched on July 00 to complete the Intelsat Three world-wide communications satellite network. It will be placed over the Atlantic Ocean, replacing a previous Intelsat Three that failed on June 29. To provide temporary global coverage for Apollo Eleven, an Intelsat: One and an Intelsat Two are in service over the Atlantic while two Intelsat Threes are relaying the events across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Unlike the earlier satellites, Intelsat Threes can relay communications between numerous countries simultaneously.
These satellites will give Apollo Eleven the largest audience ever to witness an event live. Over a billion people -- quarter of the world's population -- will see or hear the events of Apollo Eleven as they happen.
Intelsat Three have more than tripled international television transmissions. They have linked Europe, Asia and the Americas into a global communications network that will continue to expand.
It is expected that next year there will be direct dial telephone service between Europe and the United States. Built by TRW Incorporated for the Communications Satellite Corporation, Intelsat Threes will reduce the cost of an overseas phone call by two-thirds.
They can send written messages around the world -- instantly, distribute photographs internationally, and links computers into global systems.
More and more countries in the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium are rushing efforts to build earth stations. Today, seventeen countries can communicate via satellite, by the end of 1970 there will be forty-seven countries linked by the system.