ASTP Telecommunications

From the late 60s, COMSAT corporation provided all the broadcasts from space missions, including Apollo-Soyuz. COMSAT used its own network of INTELSAT satellites as well as NASA communications satellites, for the transmission of TV images around the world. The greatest achievement of the company was live broadcast of the Moon landing by Apollo 11, which brought together the largest television audience in history. In 1975, upon COMSAT information, ASTP handshake broadcast audience was more than one billion people (a quarter of the world's population that time).

COMSAT West Virginia
COMSAT West Virginia

hand cancellation

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COMSAT West Virginia
COMSAT West Virginia

machine cancellation

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COMSAT Jamesburg, CA
COMSAT Jamesburg, CA
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COMSAT Jamesburg, CA
COMSAT Jamesburg, CA

Giant dish - 100 ft.

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COMSAT Haleiwa, HI
COMSAT Haleiwa, HI
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COMSAT Andover, ME
COMSAT Andover, ME
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COMSAT Andover, ME
COMSAT Andover, ME

cover nicely decorated

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COMSAT Brewster, WA
COMSAT Brewster, WA
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COMSAT Puerto Rico
COMSAT Puerto Rico
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Telesat Canada
Telesat Canada
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Telecom France
Telecom France
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Motorola
Motorola
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Motorola ASTP info
Motorola ASTP info
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ATS-6 - prototype of Satellite TV - For the first time NASA experimental satellite has been used for direct TV broadcasts. Space Voyage created a series of cachets canceled on the day of the ATS-6 launch, May 30, 1974, plus various ASTP cancellations.

In addition - following the revolution on Madagascar and loss of local NASA tracking station, ATS-6 took tracking and monitoring functions.

SV-ATS-1974-T1

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SV-ATS-1974-T2-V1

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SV-ATS-1974-T2-V2

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OTC – Overseas Telecommunication Commission is array of facilities that from beginning of the 20th century were used for radio communications with ships and later aircraft. I don’t know what role did they play in space program but there are some ASTP covers from these stations.

Carnarvon, Australia
Carnarvon, Australia
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Thursday Island, Australia
Thursday Island, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
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Rockhampton, Australia
Rockhampton, Australia
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
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Perth, Australia
Perth, Australia
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Broome, Australia
Broome, Australia
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Broome, Australia
Broome, Australia
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Mill Village, Canada
Mill Village, Canada
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Esperance, Australia
Esperance, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
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Moree, Australia
Moree, Australia
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Moree, Australia
Moree, Australia
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Paddington, Australia
Paddington, Australia
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Bringelly, Australia
Bringelly, Australia
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