Family Christmas Lecture: Talking in Space

Venue: University of Bath

Location: Bath, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2013 / 7:00 pm - (GMT) End Date/Time: Dec 03, 2013 / 9:00 pm - (GMT)
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In July 1962 the first transatlantic telephone calls were made on an experimental communications satellite (Telstar) initiated by Bell Laboratories USA, with the British GPO and the French Postal and Telegraph organisation as collaborators. The first commercial services over satellite were carried by Intelsat 1 in 1965. Professor Watson started his career at the GPO research laboratories in 1962, and joined the satellite systems group designing new equipment for use with the Intelsat series of satellites. Later he moved to the European Space Agency, working on the satellites that were the precursors to the current Astra and Eutelsat series of satellites. He thus has a unique insight to the development of modern satellite systems hardware. As part of a British universities consortium in the 1970’s, Professor Watson helped to develop the concepts of mobile satellite communications using highly eccentric orbits. His lecture will cover developments in geostationary satellite technology in addition to the use of low Earth Orbit satellites as originally proposed by JR Pierce at Bell laboratories. Additional information Dress code: smart casual. Dinner is available after this event at a cost of £20.  Cheques payable to 'IET S & WW Branch Social Fund.’ For more information or to book a place for dinner, please contact Steve Long ( REGISTER HERE: >


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