Model, Communications Satellite, Syncom
The Syncom communication satellites (Syncom 1, 2, and 3), developed by the Hughes Aircraft Company and launched from 1963 to 1964, were instrumental in demonstrating the feasibility of space-based communications from geostationary orbit. This orbit, more than 22,000 miles (35, 405 km) above the Earth's equator, allows a satellite to "sit" constantly over a specific region of the Earth, providing a consistent, reliable pathway for communications.
Syncom 3 helped provide television coverage to the United States of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, demonstrating the ability of satellites to facilitate long-distance communications.
Hughes Aircraft donated this 1/24 scale model to the Museum in 1975.
Gift of Hughes Aircraft Co.
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Hughes Aircraft Co.
- MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
- Plastic, brass, aluminum
- 1 high x 1.25 diameter in. (2.5 x 3.2 cm)