Reflector Support Truss, Applied Technology Satellite 6 (ATS 6)

Reflector Support Truss, Applied 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

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Fairchild Aircraft Corporation

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Aluminum, Kapton (Polymide), Plastic, Brass, Adhesive, Steel, Paint, Epoxy, Composite, Copper, Mylar (Polyester), Stainless steel, Aluminized Kapton
Dimensions
Approximate: 25.4 x 458.47 x 165.1cm (10in. x 15ft 1/2in. x 5ft 5in.)

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

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Fairchild Aircraft Corporation

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Aluminum, Kapton (Polymide), Plastic, Brass, Adhesive, Steel, Paint, Epoxy, Composite, Copper, Mylar (Polyester), Stainless steel, Aluminized Kapton
Dimensions
Approximate: 25.4 x 458.47 x 165.1cm (10in. x 15ft 1/2in. x 5ft 5in.)

ID: A19780163010