In 1960, we launched the 19-inch Motorola Astronaut television – the world’s first large-screen transistorized, portable cordless television.
A Motorola radio receiver on board American astronaut John Glenn’s Mercury spacecraft received signals from Earth in 1962.
On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” could be heard using one of our transponders.
On April 3, 1973, Motorola publicly demonstrated the world’s first portable cellular telephone system using Motorola DynaTAC (DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) in New York City.
In 1975, Motorola transponders were used in the historical Apollo-Soyuz “Handshake in Space” docking mission. American and Soviet astronaut teams met in Earth’s orbit to test an international docking system and joint flight procedures.
In 1977, Motorola communications equipment sent Voyager 1’s photographs of Saturn to Earth over a distance of 1 billion miles. Motorola equipment aboard both Voyagers 1 and 2 were the spacecraft’s primary communications link with Earth during their 12-year tour of the solar system.
With a focus on further transforming the communications landscape, Motorola was chosen to supply China’s first 800 MHz cellular system in 1986. The 800 MHz system, still used around the world today, provides mobile voice and data services, including cell phone, text messaging, and Internet.
In 1991, Motorola demonstrated the world’s first GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) working-prototype cellular system and phones in Hanover, Germany. The GSM network, the global standard for mobile communications, operates today in over 193 countries and territories worldwide.
Further expansion into South America led to Motorola producing pagers, mobile handsets and other wireless equipment at its Jaguariúna Industrial and Technological Campus in São Paulo, Brazil.
Motorola supplied equipment for India’s first GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) cellular network in the city of Mumbai in 2002.
In 2007, mountaineer Rod Baber used a Motorola MOTORIZR Z8 cellular phone on the highest peak of Mount Everest to make the highest-ever land-based portable phone call and text message. The call was made from Everest’s north ridge, at an altitude of 29,035 feet.
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