The Pleumeur Radome Bodou

The Radome in 1962 The building of the radome (1961) The Pleumeur-Bodou Radome, circa 1963 The Cité des télécoms and the Radome The PB1 horn antenna, under the Radome The first televised images
Radome, a pioneer of space telecommunications

Since Jules Verne, the idea of ​​making satellite transmissions seemed to have to remain in the realm of science fiction ... until the birth of the Radome in the early 60s. Back to the future:
Between history and future

Radome at the Cité des Télécoms, discover the exciting adventure of a technical feat of global reach!

Hyphen between De Gaulle and Kennedy: Kennedy’s America sets out to conquer Space, starting with the launch of the first telecommunication satellites; she built her radome in Maine, and Kennedy invited Europe to take up the challenge of capturing the signal that will be broadcast by the Tesltar 2 satellite. General de Gaulle’s France enters the competition, and thanks to the initiative of Pierre Marzin chose the site of Pleumeur-Bodou to build a radome similar to that of the Americans. The Pharaonic shipyard, begun in 1961, is successful: on July 10, a rocket ships Tesltar 2 in orbit around the Earth and in the night the Radome of Pleumeur-Bodou captures the TV link: it is the very first telecommunication Europe / USA, and the feat is hailed by the whole world community! France speaks live to America, and Yves Montand’s "Chansonnette" crosses the Atlantic: we hear it, thus, at the beginning of the show Sound and Light presented in the Radome.

The Pleumeur-Bodou Radome becomes world famous, and will remain active until the beginning of the 80’s.

Today, the Radome is classified as a Historical Monument; it is visited through the Cité des Télécoms, which is the largest European center dedicated to telecommunications.

To find out more: Radome, at the Cité des télécoms

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