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Communications Satellites

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 10 May 1961

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asked the Postmaster- General what is the estimated cost of the joint programme between the United Kingdom and the United States of America in the planned launching of satellites for communication purposes.

The joint programme covers the testing of experimental communications satellites to be launched by the United States at their own cost. We shall provide a ground station in this country which is expected to cost £0·5 million. We shall operate this station for the duration of the tests which cannot, at this early stage, be predicted with any certainty. The total cost of the operation is, therefore, uncertain.