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First encounters
The world was startled one day in 1957 when the media reported the launch of the first artificial satellite.

What was even more surprising was that the little beeping object orbiting Earth was not American - but Russian.

Rather lost in the Cold War hysteria was the fact that this was the start of a new age - the Satellite Age.
Satellite broadcasting begins
In 1975 NASA demonstrated that inexpensive satellite television could provide mass education and entertainment in developing countries. Transmissions aimed at India were received by enthusiasts in the UK.

The world's first home satellite receiver was built by hobbyist Steve Birkill, then working at BBC TV's Holme Moss transmitter station. The second was built by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka and the third - not until 1978 - by an American, Bob Cooper.
fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...