Commercial vs. Non-Commercial Satellites

In my post “Satellites Are Really Old,” I distinguish between the Emmy-winning first commercial geostationary satellite, Early Bird, and the earlier non-commercial Syncom III. Was the “commercial” distinction Emmy-worthy?

Here’s a link to a story about how the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games coverage was delayed in the United States precisely because it was carried on a non-commercial satellite:

I appreciate Craig Johnston’s calling it to my attention.

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