Model, Communications Satellite, Comstar

Model, Communications Satellite, Comstar

     

By the late 1970s, communications via satellite had become a vital part of national and international life. The Comstar satellites were emblematic of this development. Built by Hughes Aircraft for American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), then the dominant provider of telecommunications services in the US, the Comstars were AT&T's first effort at using satellites to complement its extensive system of ground-based communications.

The satellites were launched from 1976 to 1981. The last Comstar continued operation until 2002.

Hughes Aircraft donated this 1/24 scale model of a Comstar satellite to the Museum in 1975.

Gift of Hughes Aircraft Co.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Hughes Aircraft Co.

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic
Stainless Steel
Copper Alloy
Steel
Paint
Ink
Dimensions
3-D: 30.5 x 11.7 x 10.2cm (12 x 4 5/8 x 4 in.)
Storage: 35.6 x 13.7 x 13.3cm (14 x 5 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

By the late 1970s, communications via satellite had become a vital part of national and international life. The Comstar satellites were emblematic of this development. Built by Hughes Aircraft for American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), then the dominant provider of telecommunications services in the US, the Comstars were AT&T's first effort at using satellites to complement its extensive system of ground-based communications.

The satellites were launched from 1976 to 1981. The last Comstar continued operation until 2002.

Hughes Aircraft donated this 1/24 scale model of a Comstar satellite to the Museum in 1975.

Gift of Hughes Aircraft Co.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Hughes Aircraft Co.

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic
Stainless Steel
Copper Alloy
Steel
Paint
Ink
Dimensions
3-D: 30.5 x 11.7 x 10.2cm (12 x 4 5/8 x 4 in.)
Storage: 35.6 x 13.7 x 13.3cm (14 x 5 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

ID: A19750769000