Today, 40 years ago, at the Radome in Pleumeur-Bodou, France received the first transatlantic transmission of a TV signal via the Telstar satellite. It illustrated the potential of a future world-wide satellite system to provide communications between continents.
The first Radome was only temporary, and was installed in order to house the construction site for the antenna. Both this temporary shelter and the final Radome measured 64 meters in diameter. The final Radome, installed in France in the summer of 1962, is now a museum. It is made of Hypalon coated Dacron and weighs over 30 tons.