Today in Tech History: SPACE! The Final Frontier!


Today in Tech History:

Here at Hostwinds we are constantly innovative, and we are looking forward to launching this new monthly series, where we will give you a piece of Technology history! Since today is December 13th, and there was a pretty cool thing that happened on this day in Tech history, I think it is perfect to launch this series with a different kind of launch altogether.


Relay I

On December 13th, 1962, NASA launched one of the earliest communication satellites into orbit. They called it Relay I, and it was an active repeater. While what they sent the satellite up there to do was experimental, it did perform the very first television broadcast sent via satellite. It was an announcement of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, to Japan. It did not only carry bad news, however, the very next year it was used to broadcast the 1964 Summer Olympics from Japan, all over Europe and North America.  For that broadcast, however, it had a friend Syncom 3, and it made history again, by being a part of the first tandem satellite broadcast specifically for television. Relay I’s mission was brought to a close in 1965 when it ultimately became non-operational due to a failure in its power system.

A lot of our modern computing theories came from the space race, and while launching functional hunks of metal into the night sky has become almost routine at this point, it is still fascinating to think that this was done largely by hand, working out the trajectory, pitch, and acceleration via pencil and paper. Without these pioneers, there would be no modern computers, no cloud, no internet! To Relay I, and all that worked on her, we appreciate the dedication to the betterment of humanity, and acknowledge the grandparents of all that we have built here.


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