November 28th, 1955, Kerbinia Kapital.
“Yes, yes, now quiet down everyone and we will begin the press conference”, the Kerbinian Minister of Information and Truth, Minister Ali Kerman, began.
“As promised in the invitation, you are here today to hear about something cool”, the minster continued – “more specifically the first launch laying the groundwork of our KOOL network, to replace our temporary measure in the form of the KFC network – a name the Illyriens incidentally stole for a restaurant chain”.
With that truth out of the way, the minister continued “here to present the details are Gene Kerman, freshly flown in from the launch site to explain it in detail”.
The journalists eagerly clap as Gene walks onto the podium, knowing that he usually tells them things as they are. When Gene gets up there, he begins “Yes, as the minister said, we launched the first of our geostationary satellites of our new Kerbinian Orbital Organization Logistics network yesterday, and it is now snugly in orbit above the Pacific, to better monitor especially our southern-bound launches when the LEO network eventually decades from orbit”.
As Gene continues, he reaches for a remote and presses a button as he continues “Now, I will show you a picture of the satellite and then answer your questions”.
Reporter: “But how did you take the picture?”.
Gene: “Oh, that was easy, we put up a black sheet behind it before mounting it on the rocket. The white dots aren’t stars either, they’re dust from the floor it was lying on”.
Reporter: “But what are all those Kameras doing on a communication satellite Gene?”.
Gene: “Uuh, they’re to….. Monitor the cloud layers, and you know, get a close look at storms – better weather prediction is key to launching rockets. Can’t have a storm tip over that rocket with Jebediah inside, now can we”, Gene said, giving his best fake smile to the reporter, that started looking slightly sceptical.
Reporter: “And all those antennas Gene? Why so many, that doesn’t make sense”.
Gene: “Well, most are obviously for communications. It has to point one at each of the two companion satellites and one at Earth of course, leaving a near-space one and one available for long range or future satellites”.
Reporter: “And the two very strange ones? Those don’t look like antennas?”.
Gene: “Well, they’re there to, uhm, measure the earth’s magnetic field and solar winds – it’s very scientific with them being able to adversely affect communications, especially long range ones”, Gene said, feeling confident that he’d dodged another one.
Reporter: “But above the pacific, is that not to watch the Illyriens?”.
“Finally”, Gene thought “one I can answer honestly”.
Gene: “No, it’s because we usually loose contact somewhere between India and Australia – this position catches that and can keep tabs on it all the way to South America. If you look at this next picture, you can see that it’s much closer to Australia, and you can’t even see Illyrien – but there’s a nice weather system above the Pacific though”.
“As you can see in the lower left, it’s night”, Gene continued “but you can see the light from the various cities along the Australian coast. The storm in the top right looks to be heading towards Northern Illyrien though, so they’ll likely get some winds and rain in about a week” Gene ended, feeling that he had made his case for weather kamera even better.
“Now if there are no more technical questions, I have to catch another plane, the next one is launching in only two and a half weeks, so I have a rockets to oversee final preparations of”, Gene ended with a smile to the assembled reporters as he left the podium, and the minister again took over, giving political answers on the future plans of the Kerbinian space program.