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(COMSAT General Corporation, Bethesda, MD) Formerly Communications Satellite Corporation, COMSAT was a private company that was created by the U.S. Congress in 1962 to provide satellite communications to major carriers and organizations. In 1965, it launched Early Bird, the first commercial satellite in geostationary orbit. COMSAT served as the U.S. signatory for INTELSAT and Inmarsat, and its primary business was providing communications over the INTELSAT system.

In 2000, COMSAT was acquired by Lockheed Martin Corporation and operated as a wholly owned subsidiary. At the end of 2004, governmental regulatory approval was obtained to transfer its ownership to Intelsat, Ltd., which bid to acquire COMSAT General and its existing fixed and mobile satellite system contracts from Lockheed Martin.

The Early Bird
COMSAT launched the Early Bird in 1965, the first commercial geostationary satellite. Before the end of the century, some 250 more would follow. (Image courtesy of COMSAT Corporation.)
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The committee chairman said he had reservation over the affairs of National Testing Service (NTS), an ancillary department of Comsats.
Earlier, COMSATS administration had terminated nearly 200 employees in a span of only three months in 2017.
He was apprised of the activities and the achievements of COMSATS during the last one-and-a-half years by Dr.
Meanwhile, IDEA Society has organized 'Drama Fest 19' here at seminar hall of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology.
Abdus Sala,, COMSATS is working for sustainable socio-economic uplift of the developing countries through judicious application of science and technology.
Some of the success stories are the establishment of Comsats University, Comsats internet services, a telehealth programme and the international thematic research groups in emerging fields of science and technology, besides series of workshops and conferences in those areas that were most relevant to the socio-economic needs of development countries.
Pakistan's Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam conceived the idea of the Comsats. The university is collaborating with 27 countries in the field of science and technology.
The letter said that according to COMSATS University Act, the faculty representation in the statutory bodies must be elected and the representatives from the society/experts/alumni in the Senate shall be appointed via representation as it was decided on the floor of the National Assembly by the then Chancellor CIIT on April 11, 2018.
He said Comsats institute was one of the best institutes of the country which had attained a prominent place in imparting modern education.
He said COMSATS was one of the best institutes of the country which had attained a prominent place in imparting modern education.
The agreement, which aims to promote Science, Technology and Innovation (STandI) to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was signed among a gathering of diplomats of COMSATS' member countries, Vice Chancellors of local Science and Technology Universities, representatives of various government officials and representatives of international organizations actively working in Pakistan, during a ceremony hosted by COMSATS.