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Syncom-2, the first communications satellite to operate in a geosynchronous orbit. Launched from Cape Canaveral on 26 July 1963, it opened the modern era in satellite communications. After completing initial experiments above the Atlantic Ocean, the satellite was used in October 1963 to demonstrate transatlantic telephone communication with a phone call between delegates at a telecommunications meeting in Geneva & US government officials in New York & Washington. Later, Syncom-2 was moved to a position over the Indian Ocean where it remained operational for 4 years. It was retired from service in April 1969.
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