Smithsonian, French Embassy Celebrate Satellite TV's Golden Spike


According to participant GlobeCast (a subsidiary of France
Telecom), the Smithsonian and French Embassy on Thursday, July 12, will mark
the 50th anniversary of the first
live satellite-delivered transatlantic TV transmission,
which it says was
sent from the town of Pleumeur-Bodou, France, to Andover, Maine, via the
Telstar satellite.

The event will be marked by a live link between Pleumeur-Bodou and the Air and
Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for presentations and roundtable discussions
featuring government officials and satellite and telecom companies. According
to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the
transmission was actually sent July 11, 1962, at 7:17 and received at 7:47.

But the time difference would have made it July 12 in France when the signal
came through.

According to IEEE, that first image was of an American flag -- an upgrade from
the Felix the Cat statue that was one of the first TV pictures transmitted
during early field testing of TV transmissions back in the 1930s.

GlobeCast will provide the technical services to ensure the July 12, 2012,
linkup is also successful.