either of two experimental communications satellites used between July 10, 1962, and May, 1965, to amplify and relay various signals, esp. television, across the oceans
Origin of Telstartel(e)- + star
telstar - Computer Definition
- The first active telecommunications satellite. Launched in 1962 by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),Telstar was developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories (Bell Labs) and owned by AT&T.Telstar was placed in an elliptical low-earth orbit (LEO), and had a dwell time of only 20 minutes or so. Its fragile transistors soon failed, and the first Telstar went out of service in 1963, but remains in orbit to this day. Many other generations of Telstars have since been launched, and many remain in service. See also dwell time, LEO, and satellite.
- An instrumental composition written by Joe Meek and first recorded by the British group The Tornadoes in 1962. Inspired by the Telstar satellite,"Telstar" was the first tune by a British group to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard pop music charts. The Beatles finally made it to No 1 in 1964 with "Can't Buy Me Love."