Reflector support fixture, Applications Techonology Satellite 6 (ATS 6)

Reflector support fixture, Applications Techonology 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.

The reflector support fixture rests on the structural hub tower support. Both are used during testing to facilitate deployment of the parabolic reflector antenna.

The Museum's artifact was transferred from NASA in 1978.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Manufacturer
Fairchild Aircraft Corporation

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned

Materials
Aluminum, Paint, Kapton (Polymide), Plastic, Adhesive, Brass, Steel, Synthetic Fabric
Dimensions
Approximate: 177.8 x 38.1cm (5ft 10in. x 1ft 3in.)

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.

The reflector support fixture rests on the structural hub tower support. Both are used during testing to facilitate deployment of the parabolic reflector antenna.

The Museum's artifact was transferred from NASA in 1978.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Manufacturer
Fairchild Aircraft Corporation

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned

Materials
Aluminum, Paint, Kapton (Polymide), Plastic, Adhesive, Brass, Steel, Synthetic Fabric
Dimensions
Approximate: 177.8 x 38.1cm (5ft 10in. x 1ft 3in.)

ID: A19780163017