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The digital universe grows with Anik F1

Amid feelings of apprehension and anticipation, Canadians looked skyward as scientists launched satellites into the solar system in the 1960s. The primitive satellite program has since evolved into a highly sophisticated network. Canadian scientists have actively taken the lead in this ever-growing industry, transforming our lives with improved telephone, radio, television, tele-medicine and Internet access.

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The digital universe just got bigger thanks to the launching of the Anik F1, a powerful new satellite with a range covering all of South and North America. The satellite, which was situated in orbit above the Pacific Ocean, will transmit television, telephone, and Internet signals to North America, South America, Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. The most powerful commercial satellite, it weighs 4,700 kilograms and will orbit 37,000 kilometres above the equator.
• It is anticipated that by 2007, between 270 and 350 communication satellites will be launched worldwide to meet the growing global demands.
• The Anik F1 carries 84 transponders to supply telecommunications, Internet services and broadcast services to North and South America.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Nov. 21, 2000
Reporter: Norman Hermant
Duration: 1:45

Last updated: January 10, 2012

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