It all began in 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the earth. In 1963, the first two-way call was made between two heads of state, President John F. Kennedy and Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa of Nigeria. Ever since, efforts have been ongoing to make long-distance calls possible, and that led to long-distance Internet. How did they do it? Through the use of satellite communications (SATCOM). And to think it all enables us to communicate here, on RJL!