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First Transpacific Reception of a Television (TV) Signal via Satellite
Society
Main Category
Era
Date Created
Location Country
jp
Coordinates
36.34389, 140.454254
Address1
Ibaraki Satellite Communication Center
Address2
650, Ishitaki, Ibaraki
City
Takahagi
Country
Zip

On 23 November 1963, this site received the first transpacific transmission of a TV signal from Mojave earth station in California, U.S.A., via the Relay 1 communications satellite. The Ibaraki earth station used a 20m Cassegrain antenna, the first use of this type of antenna for commercial telecommunications. This event demonstrated the capability and impact of satellite communications and helped open a new era of intercontinental live TV programming relayed via satellite.

Image Caption
Artist's vision of NASA Relay 1 satellite
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