• Short Summary

    ROTATES AT THE SAME SPEED, THE SATELLITE APPEARS STATIONARY. DURING ITS YEAR OF OPERATION IT?

  • Description


    von Braun sync



    ATS animation



    von Braun sync



    Rocky Mountains



    Alaska footage



    ATS animation and India footage



    von Braun sync



    India footage



    Engineering footage



    ATS model



    Dr. Werhner von Braun



    Antenna unfolds



    ATS animation



    Imagine a nurse in a remote settlement in Alaska is trying to give birth to a baby, and runs into medical complications, and she can talk back through the satellite, using the satellite as a relay to get the advice and support from a medical doctor in the contiguous states or even from Anchorage. And he in turn can provide pictorial material as well as voice assistance to the g:nurse, while she is delivering the baby. In real time, in other words.



    It has been estimated that in the Rocky Mountain States, there are about three million adult illiterates. In addition, there are, of course, the children who also sometimes have very marginal school opportunities. Now, as far as Alaska is concerned, there are about 300,000 people in Alaska and 50,000 of these people are estimated to live in settlements that have no permanent road access. And, of course, during the winter months, and winter is about eight months in Alaska out of the year, they are not accessible at all because of ice and snow and darkness, so they are completely ex communicado. And with this satellite program, effective school service could be rendered to these settlements in Alaska as well.



    This example with India where 70 percent of a population of 570 million people will benefit from communication satellites, by having at last some education available to themselves, is a classic example of a program that alledgedly was the sort of a thing only the super rich can afford, is now directly benefiting the poorest of the poor.



    ATS stands for Applications Technology Satellite..."



    In other words, for the first time here, a satellite has enough power and enough beaming capability installed that the signal received on the ground is strong enough for reception essentially by a normal television receiver. As a result, we can equip thousands of remote locations with receiver sets that can get the benefit of direct television.




    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ROTATES AT THE SAME SPEED, THE SATELLITE APPEARS STATIONARY. DURING ITS YEAR OF OPERATION IT WILL BE PUT TO GOOD USE OVER THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF ITS MAJOR JOBS WILL BE TO PROVIDE HEALTH SERVICES TO REMOTE REGIONS.

    BESIDES THE HEALTH SERVICES, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS RANGING FROM CAREER GUIDANCE TO TEACHER TRAINING WILL BE TELECAST TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST.

    DURING THE SECOND YEAR OF OPERATION SOME 5,000 VILLAGES IN INDIA WILL RECEIVE TELECASTS FROM ATS.

    HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION TRANSMISSIONS...NAVIGATION AND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL...WEATHER RESEARCH. THESE ARE BUT A FEW OF MANY EXPERIMENTS PLANNED FOR THE NEW APPLICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SATELLITE. IT'S CALLED ATS-F.

    DR. WERHNER VON BRAUN IS VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT, FAIRCHILD INDUSTRIES...BUILDER OF THE SOON-TO-BE LAUNCHED ATS-F SPACECRAFT. THROUGH MASTER GROUND STATIONS,ATS WILL BROADCAST TELEVISION PROGRAMS TO SMALL INEXPENSIVE ANTENNA RECEIVERS.

    THE MOST DOMINANT PART OF ATS IS ITS THIRTY FOOT ANTENNA THAT BEAMS SIGNALS TO THE GROUND. IT'S SHOWN HERE UNFOLDING AS IT WILL IN SPACE.

    FROM ITS 23,000 MILE-HIGH-ORBIT, ATS CAN TRAVEL AROUND THE EARTH ONCE EVERY TWENTY-FOUR HOURS. SINCE THE EARTH

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4U1TBE3OTYNA7NQLX71WKMD85
    Media URN:
    VLVA4U1TBE3OTYNA7NQLX71WKMD85
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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