Postmaster-General To Experiment With Satellite Communications
‘Technical investigation of the design of communication satellites and of the equipment that would be needed at ground stations is being undertaken by the Post Office, the Post-Master General said last week in a written answer to a Parliamentary question.’
So, 50 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of December 7th 1960.
‘I am hopeful that, before long, it will be possible to arrange certain experiments in which the UK will take part,” he said.
The PMG told the questioner he was aware of the experiments by the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation of the USA in speeding up global mails by using an electronic system which can be immediately coupled to satellite transmission.’
‘”My officers are closely studying the possibilities in the field of satellite communications,” he said, “and are keeping in touch with other countries.”‘