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Clarke Suggests Geosynchronous Orbit

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Arthur C. Clarke. Courtesy: National Space Society
Arthur C. Clarke. Courtesy: National Space Society
Writer Arthur C. Clarke first suggested the idea of communications satellites in geosynchronous orbit in the October 1945 issue of Wireless World. Clarke realized that a radio relay station in space could serve a huge area of the earth’s surface, like a radio tower thousands of miles high.

See also: Beginnings of Radio Astronomy