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Offline Homer J Simpson

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Telstar - July 1962
« on: March 18, 2017, 12:30:09 PM »


 
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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 11:31:58 AM »
That was a pretty cool video.  Crazy to think how advanced that was for it's time.   Now we have satellites all over and fibre optics under the sea etc and more or less take it for granted. 
 

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 01:42:23 PM »
Excellent video - well worth the time to watch it.  I don't think many people today realize just how much electronic advancement came from Bell Labs back in the day.  I certainly didn't know of too much more than the transistor until recently when I started reading more about them.  They made some amazing discoveries.

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If it jams, force it.  If it breaks, you needed a new one anyway...
 

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 10:30:15 AM »

 

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 11:51:16 AM »
If they knew it would lead to twitter and the Kardashians they would have blown it up on the pad!

Cool video.
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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 02:57:26 PM »
Just occurred to me, wonder if Star Wars' Deathstar was named after this.  It kinda looks like it.   Coincidence?   :P

Also just checked for fun, and it's still in orbit today:   http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=340
 

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 03:42:53 PM »
Check out the Bell System Technical Journal.  It was published regularly, a few times yearly mostly,  from around 1922 on into the 2000s, and it gave good technical detail (especially the early decades) of the research they were conducting.
It is online free at various links, I think this is one of them:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291538-7305/issues

You'll read papers from authors like Nyquist, Shannon, Bode, Townes, Schawlow, Shockley, and many more who did research there that should ring a bell (pun intended).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Labs#Notable_alumni

Some of the stuff they were up to as early as the 1920s-1940s is pretty impressive even by today's standards.
Back then "labs" really meant laboratories in the case of Bell Labs or HP Labs etc. and some impressive things resulted from all the scientists, engineers,  and academics working together with big budgets and not so much pressure to deliver workable products that would look good on the present year's quarterly SEC reports.

Excellent video - well worth the time to watch it.  I don't think many people today realize just how much electronic advancement came from Bell Labs back in the day.  I certainly didn't know of too much more than the transistor until recently when I started reading more about them.  They made some amazing discoveries.

-Pat
 

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 06:03:16 PM »
Unfortunately the day before Telstar 1 was launched Starfish Prime was detonated.  It didn't last long because of it.
 

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2017, 05:38:54 AM »
 The high altitude burst test by the Soviet Union that October was the real coup de grace, although with workarounds it came alive again for another month before the already damaged transistors succumbed to normal solar radiation.
 

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2017, 10:30:17 AM »
This has been posted before but if you have not seen it is very interesting.

The Rainbow Bombs Nuclear Explosions in Space

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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2017, 12:19:57 PM »

This has been posted before but if you have not seen it a very interesting.

The Rainbow Bombs Nuclear Explosions in Space



Don't ever stop posting videos my friend. You find some of the coolest gems on YouTube. :)
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Re: Telstar - July 1962
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2017, 06:36:45 PM »
Don't ever stop posting videos my friend. You find some of the coolest gems on YouTube. :)

:thumbsup:  Thanks Homer! 
 


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