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global satellite coverageclearThe WorldSpace system is a network of geo-synchronous satellites with coverage in Africa and the Middle East (AfriStar™), Asia-Pacific (AsiaStar™), and Latin America and the Caribbean (AmeriStar™). AfriStar™ was launched in October 1998 and AsiaStar™ in March 2000. AmeriStar™ is yet to be launched. Using powerful beams, the satellites transmit to three overlapping areas of approximately 14 million square kilometers each. The three beams allow for a mix of continent-wide and region-specific programming. WorldSpace Corporation granted WorldSpace Foundation exclusive access to 5% of the capacity on all of the satellites of the WorldSpace system.

jvc receiverclearSpecial radio receivers (follow this link to learn more) are required to capture the satellite signal. The receivers run on batteries or an external power source, and can be adapted to run on solar energy. They have data ports, that when connected to a computer via multimedia adapter cards, enable users to download web-based text and images onto their computers, thus expanding the receivers' capabilities beyond audio to digital multimedia transmissions. This capability enables WSF to transmit high volumes of multimedia material to target audiences in regions where Internet access is unavailable, unreliable or very expensive via the WSF Multi-Media Service.



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