This flat plate antenna was designed for use in Japanese residences for television reception from satellites. During the 1980s, the use of satellites (known as "direct broadcast satellites") to provide television signals to homes, apartments, and businesses became widespread in a number of countries. A critical part of connecting satellite technology to consumer interest in television was to create reception antennas that were relatively small and could be placed on building exteriors easily.
This antenna was a design developed by COMSAT laboratories specifically for the Japanese consumer. The square design and size (somewhat smaller than the circular antennas typical in the United States) reflected the tastes of that country's planners and consumers.
COMSAT Laboratories donated this artifact to the Museum in 1999.
Gift of COMSAT Laboratories