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July 11, 2014

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Profile America —Friday, July 11th. The distant reaches of planet Earth came into focus for the average American on this date in 1962 with the successful relay of a trans-Atlantic signal by Telstar, the first privately owned satellite launched the day before. While a major communications advance and a sensation of the day, Telstar did not last long. It failed in December, was restored briefly, and then went dead in February 1963. Today, dozens of communications satellites allow television signals, telephone calls and computer hookups to all points of the Earth, and we take such instant communications for granted. There are 659 firms in the U.S. providing satellite telecommunication services, and they generate around $4.5 billion in revenue annually. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at <www.census.gov>.

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http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/still-in-orbit-telstar-the-50yearold-satellite-and-genesis-of-telecommunications-for-the-masses-20120711-21uhb.html

http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/telstar-turns-50-1434477/?no-ist

http://telstarlogistics.typepad.com/telstarlogistics/2007/07/happy-45th-birt.html

http://www.satmagazine.com/cgi-bin/display_article.cgi?number=511938650

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2011_00A1&prodType=table

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_00A1&prodType=table NAICS 517410


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: June 27, 2014