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see Communications Satellite CorporationCommunications Satellite Corporation
(Comsat), organization incorporated (1962) by an act of Congress to establish a commercial system of international communications using artificial satellites. Although government sponsored, it was financed by a public stock issue.
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artificial satellite that functions as part of a global radio-communications network. Echo 1, the first communications satellite, launched in 1960, was an instrumented inflatable sphere that passively reflected radio signals back to earth.
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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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With a direct lineage from the COMSAT organization created by the Communications Satellite Act of 1962, COMSAT has played an important role in the SATCOM industry from its inception to present day.
Chairman HEC urged the Rector COMSAT for issuing degrees to students which are already verified by it so that they can apply for jobs.
Director Comsat Khair-Ul-Zaman said that new programme of MSC Math would be started soon in the university.
Lucent and Netro allowed COMSAT to quickly deploy and relieve the broadband access bottleneck for our customers," said Luis Alejos, general manager of COMSAT Peru.
A traves de su posicion unica en el mercado, COMSAT International mantiene un compromiso profundo con America Latina.
Within this combined savings/profit-sharing plan, one can invest in five vehicles: three equity-linked mutual funds, a portfolio of guaranteed investment contracts, and a COMSAT stock fund--another vehicle an employee may use to buy and own company stock.
Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA) has signed an agreement with government satellite connectivity provider COMSAT to establish a common global service offering of Ku-band very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services for the government and maritime markets, the company said.
ISLAMABAD -- COMSATS University has exposed HEC (Higher Education Commission) as the alleged `recipient' of some of COMSAT's Rs 800 million annual grants.
QUETTA -- Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali said on Thursday that Higher Education Commission would grant about 1000 scholarships to the talented students of Balochistan during the prevailing year while PCSIR and COMSAT would arrange training programs for about 100 teachers and students of the province.
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-28 March 2001-Telenor acquires COMSAT Mobile Communications(C)1994-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.
COMSAT, through its Mobile Communications subsidiary, provides satellite and coast eart-station services via the INMARSAT system for ships at sea, off-shore oil platforms, and international land mobile applications virtually anywhere in the world.
Speedcast International has inked an agreement with government satellite connectivity provider Comsat for setting up of a common global service offering of Ku-band very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services for the government and maritime markets.