NASA FACTS PROJECT RELAY G-12-62
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Within five years, advances in space technology may create an operational communications satellite system that will vastly increase intercontinental telephone, telegraph, and data exchange channels and make possible transocean television. Contributing to progress toward this new communications era is NASA's Relay satellite program.
Relay is designed to test intercontinental transmission of telephone, television, teleprint,and facsimile signals via a medium-altitude active-repeater satellite. It is also equipped to report on the functioning of its equipment and on radiation in space.
Relay is the first space communications experiment designed to link three continents-North America, Europe, and South America. e