• Short Summary

    Live color TV of the 19th Olympic Games in Mexico City is being sent to Japan via this portable earth station....

  • Description

    Long shot of portable ground station near San Jose, Calif.
    5 ft

    CU of 30-foot antenna with pan to microwave tower
    6 ft

    COMSAT and Hughes logo with pan to antenna
    5 ft

    Interior of station showing engineers at control panels
    14 ft

    Pan shot antenna
    5 ft

    Animation showing signal path to Europe via ATS and Early Bird
    7 ft

    Electronics panel-hands turning switches on and off
    4 ft

    15 ft

    Japanese Olympic officials and team members visit Hughes plant in El Segundo
    6 ft

    CU of athletes inspecting satellite models
    14 ft

    CU of team officials.
    2 ft

    Hughes scientists
    2 ft

    Athletes clustered around Intelsat satellite
    7 ft

    Team official explains satellite operation to athletes
    7 ft


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    Background: Live color TV of the 19th Olympic Games in Mexico City is being sent to Japan via this portable earth station....
    ....installed for the COMSAT Corporation by Hughes Aircraft Company near San Jose, Calif. It is only one segment of a network using three Hughes-built synchronous satellites....
    Spanning two oceans to bring the games live to viewers in Europe and the Orient in 12 languages.

    To handle the heavy overseas demands for television coverage by satellite, COMSAT arranged for use of NASA's ATS-3 satellite above the Atlantic as well as the Early Bird for European viewers while Japanese audiences view the Olympics via INTELSAT II over the Pacific through the station shown here.

    TV and voice signals for Japan are sent by microwave from Mexico City to San Jose and pumped through this antenna to INTELSAT II...

    Olympic TV coverage to Europe is routed direct from Mexico through ATS-3 to Goonhilly Downs, England while the voice portion, microwaved from Mexico to Nova Scotia, is beamed through Early Bird to Pleumeur-Bodou, France.

    Both signals are then matched at a switching station for instant use throughout Europe.

    As the multi-language voice and TV signals are received in Europe the portable ground station in California is transmitting similar Olympic coverage via INTELSAT II to receiving stations in Japan and elsewhere in the Pacific.

    Prior to departing for the opening of the games in Mexico City last week, a delegation from the 250-member Japanese Olympic team...

    ...in training at Culver City, California, sister city to Kaizuka, Japan...

    ...visited the Hughes space systems laboratories in nearby El Segundo to inspect full-scale models of the satellites being used in the Olympic Games TV coverage.

    Among members of the Japanese team was 27-year old Kenji Kimihara, who will be participating in the Olympic marathon race.

    Japanese Olympic committee officials Fred Wada, Tetsuo Ohba dn Hanji Aoki...

    ...heard Hughes scientists explain how the satellites operate...

    ...while the Japanese athletes clustered around a full scale model of the INTELSAT II satellite that will carry the games live to their friends and relatives in Japan.

    Here Olympic team official Fred Wada explains how synchronous satellites, 22,300 miles above the Equator, appear to stand still above one spot on earth as their orbital speed matches the earth's rotation.

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