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|CED in the History of Media Technology|
The AT&T Telstar I satellite was launched on July 10th, 1962, and later that same day transmitted the first live television images from the United States to France. Communications satellites continued to be developed, eventually making RCA's DSS system possible with the launch of a Hughes communications satellite in December 1993. The Telstar contained a transponder, a device capable of receiving, amplifying, and retransmitting data in real time. Users of the RCA DSS system are familiar with selecting from the multiple transponders on the DSS satellite to obtain maximum signal strength.