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Unhappy Arthur C Clarke RIP - 20-March-2008, 20:15

We benefit from Clarke's contributions whenever we dress based on the weather forecast or use a GPS device to navigate our way. During World War II, when he was a young officer in the Royal Air Force in Britain, Clarke first thought of geostationary satellites as communications tools. Geostationary satellites are satellites whose orbital periods match the Earth's rotation. In 1945, Clarke proposed that geostationary satellites would be ideal telecommunications relays. They have since revolutionized communications and weather forecasting.
Without him, it's safe to say that there would be no direct TV, no satellite-routed ship-to-shore phone calls, and no card sharing satellite.

So from all of us a BIG THANK YOU may you rest in peace.


   
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