Model, NUSAT 1 Satellite
NUSAT 1 (Northern Utah Satellite), carried aboard the Space Shuttle in 1985 as a "getaway special", was the first satellite built and flown as a student-initiated project.
Built by a consortium of three universities, led by Weber State College, NUSAT was designed to measure the patterns of air traffic control radars as a means to check and calibrate these radars worldwide. The satellite operated and gathered data for about eight months.
This artifact is a full-scale display model donated by Weber State College to the Museum in 1987.
Gift of Weber State College
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Weber State College
- MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
- Steel, Paint, Aluminum, Acrylic (Plexiglas), Adhesive, Paper
- Overall: 1ft 4in. (40.6cm)
- Support (base): 9 x 1in. (22.9 x 2.5cm)
- Storage (aluminum pallet and frame with fabric cover): 122.6 × 121.9 × 121.9cm, 88.5kg (48 1/4 × 48 × 48 in., 195lb.)