Reflector Support Truss, Applications Technology Satellite 6 (ATS-6)
Applications Technology Satellite 6 (ATS 6), active from 1974-1979, was the last in the ATS series of experimental satellites sponsored by NASA to test new technologies in space communications. ATS-6 operated from geostationary orbit and contained nineteen communications and technology experiments. The Museum's artifact is a full-scale Thermal Structural Model used as an engineering tool during development of the actual satellite to analyze and design for the effects of launch vibration and the extreme temperatures of space.
This is one of four support trusses that connected the spacecraft's Earth Viewing Module with its parabolic reflector antenna.
The Museum's artifact was transferred from NASA in 1978.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Fairchild Aircraft Corporation
- SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components
- Aluminum, Composite, Kapton (Polymide), Plastic, Steel, Adhesive, Mylar (Polyester), Paper, Synthetic Fabric, Epoxy
- Approximate: 12.7 x 434.34 x 153.67cm (5in. x 14ft 3in. x 5ft 1/2in.)