With more attention to the hand on the dial and the image on the screen (the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Nixon at the China...

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COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES: Message Centers in Space

With more attention to the hand on the dial and the image on the screen (the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Nixon at the China Wall) than to the workings of the system, Kohn nevertheless provides a general idea of what the communication satellites are doing and how they got up there. Preceding her chronological account of the Telstars, Syncoms and Intelsat series is the usual line-up of prophetic fantasy (epitomized by Jules Verne and Arthur C. Clarke) and some hasty rocket history, and she ends with glowing visions of a future rich in instant services and world understanding. It's all easily readable for those without much technical curiosity, and Jerome Kuhl's crosshatched drawings make visually uninteresting subjects (the satellites' exteriors, a liquid-fuel rocket's interior, a businessman at his desk) look better than usual.

Pub Date: April 14, 1975

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 58

Publisher: Four Winds

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1975