Who was the first computer scientist? Who invented the first P.C.? What’s the Telstar Satellite? Opening November 13 our upcoming exhibition, Silicon City tells the tale of New York’s previously unknown tech history. More than a century before Silicon Valley became synonymous with all-things-tech, New York City was the hub for innovation. Among its pivotal moments was the launching of the world’s first private satellite, Telstar, which ushered in a new era of global communications.
Telstar 1 was developed by Bell Labs for a multinational group that included AT&T, NASA, as well as the British and French telephone systems, and inaugurated satellite communications, relaying telephone, fax, and television signals from orbit. It enabled the very first public broadcast from space. During July of 1962, a photograph of the Statue of Liberty was transmitted from space onto television screens across the United States.
The satellite was also shown at the 1964 World’s Fair. But for the last half a century, it has been missing from New York. Help us bring it back to its rightful home through our ongoing Kickstarter campaign! For a $30 donation, you’ll receive a limited-edition Telstar t-shirt. Other great prizes are listed on the Kickstarter Page. Check it out.