Fifty years ago this year, Intelsat was founded on the guiding principle of connecting people worldwide by launching a global satellite system. This resulted in the first commercial geo-stationary satellite, Early Bird, transmitting transatlantic phone calls and broadcasting the feed that allowed 500 million people to see Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
From the United Nations General Assembly adopting Resolution 1721 in 1961 to the signing of the Communications Satellite Act, the company has a unique heritage of being part of historical events that have revolutionized satellite communications. Intelsat’s beginnings as an intergovernmental organization developing satellite solutions for national governments’ use carries on to this day. Intelsat General continues this mission by providing new innovations, key insights and expertise for supporting both commercial and government customers.
Skot Butler, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Intelsat General Corporation, recently provided some key insights into this major milestone. In addition, he explains his vision of a future where NASA and the space industry will collaborate more closely showing how the government and Intelsat’s joint collaborations continue to evolve.
Be sure to view the short video below.