Thursday, February 28, 2013

COMSAT: A Driving Force in Satellite Communications

This story is part of its lore
by Carl J.

Hopefully, you are interested in some of the earlier Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) lore.

I was Vice President of Engineering and Operation at COMSAT World Systems. In the mid-1990s, we were strongly encouraged to allow China to launch one of our Intelsat satellites. As part of the decision, I was part of a delegation that went on an inspection trip to Beijing and Chengdu, the launch site.

It was agreed to approve the Chinese launch. The rocket and satellite went straight up, and then immediately straight down. We suspected a guidance program error, but we never learned for sure. This was more excitement that most of us had wanted.