National Geographic : 1970 Feb
tune in the world. A folk festival from Malm6. An archeological discovery from Turkey. A soccer game from Ecuador. All these and more. Televised live and in color from places with names hard to pronounce, even more difficult to spell. She can see much of the world right now, because 25 countries are al ready linked by a satellite system operated by INTELSAT, the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium. Still, there are parts of the globe blacked out for her. In two years, there'll be so many new earth stations in so many more countries that INTELSAT will have put up a new generation of larger, more complex satellites to handle the heavier load. Then, live TV, and every other form of electronic communication, really goes worldwide. General Dynamics builds the Atlas-Centaur rockets that will put those satellites in orbit. Why Atlas-Centaur? INTELSAT, through its manager, COMSAT, has contracted with NASA for the Atlas-Centaur, having judged it to be reliable, economical and big enough to carry the extra load. With good reason. Atlas is the booster that fired John Glenn into orbit eight years ago, launched every U.S. planetary mission, and is still going strong after more than 370 launches. Its second-stage mate, Centaur, is the pioneer in hydrogen rocketry. As a team, they boosted seven Surveyors toward the moon, as well as both 1969 Mariner probes to Mars. It's another example of what technology can accom plish when it's handed a problem. At General Dynamics, we put technology to work solving problems from the bot tom of the sea to outer space...and a good bit in between. GENERAL DYNAMICS Sketch:satell iteatop upper-stage Centaur.