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Mar 20, 2008 (LBO) – A top satellite network which has dedicated one of its satellites in honour of Arthur C Clarke says more than 300 such objects are now circling the globe on geostationary or ‘Clarke’ orbit. . Eutelsat chief Giuliano Berretta says the company dedicated SESAT1, the satellite closest to Clarke’s residence in the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka, in his honour in the year 2000.

“I was a great admirer of his science-fiction work at an early age, and even more so later in my professional life working in telecommunications and television satellites,” Beretta said in a statement.

In the October 1945 issue of the British journal ‘Wireless World’ Clarke published his idea for ‘geostationary’ communications satellites.

He calculated that an object orbiting the earth at 36,000 kilometres above the surface would travel at the same rate as the rotation of the globe and would be seemingly suspended in space above a fixed point on the ground.

Just three such satellites would cover allow the entire surface of the world to be covered. But now there around 300 geostationary satellites on Clarke orbit.