March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
By the mid 1970s, communications via satellite had become increasingly important in national and international life. The Westar satellites, built by Hughes Aircraft for Western Union, were emblematic of this development. Three Westars were launched from 1974 to 1979, providing commercial telephone, data and television services to the United States. Westar III remained operational until 1990.
Hughes Aircraft donated this 1/24 scale model of a Westar satellite to the Museum in 1975.
Gift of Hughes Aircraft Co.