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