History & Industry Firsts

Telesat has been a leader in satellite communications since the start of the industry and has built a strong record of technical innovation and achievement for 50 years. In the 1960s, Telstar 1 was launched and used to deliver the first live, intercontinental satellite TV transmission. In the 1970s, Anik A1 became the first commercially operated domestic satellite in geostationary orbit. In the 1980s, Anik B was the first commercially operated Ku-band satellite. More recently, Anik F2 was the world's first satellite to successfully commercialize Ka-band for two-way high speed consumer broadband services.

Telesat’s innovations have been central to the growth of satellite communications around the world. Here are a few highlights:

A key part of Telesat’s record of innovation has been our Research & Development Lab. A dedicated team that focuses on practical communications advancements for leading commercial and government organizations like the World Broadcast Union and the European Space Agency.