Communications Satellite, Applications Technology Satellite 1 (ATS 1)

Communications Satellite, Applications Technology Satellite 1 (ATS 1)

     

Launched in 1966, Applications Technology Satellite 1 (ATS 1) was the first in a series of six satellites sponsored by NASA to test out new technologies in space communications and, to a lesser extent, in meteorology and understanding the space environment. Positioned in geostationary orbits, these satellites primarily were intended to provide research and development support to the new industry of space communications.

Although designed to operate for only three years, ATS 1 continued working until 1985--an extraordinary 19 years. During much of its operational life, ATS 1 was used for communications to remote areas and facilitated the delivery of emergency medical services and educational programs in Alaska and the Pacific.

NASA transferred this artifact, a prototype built by Hughes Aircraft, to the Museum in 1976.

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Hughes Aircraft Co.

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Communications

Materials
Aluminum
Glass
Paint
Electrical Wiring
Gold Plating
Plastic
Asbestos
Synthetic Fabric
Dimensions
3-D: 144.8 x 142.2cm, 317.5kg (57 x 56 in., 700lb.)

Launched in 1966, Applications Technology Satellite 1 (ATS 1) was the first in a series of six satellites sponsored by NASA to test out new technologies in space communications and, to a lesser extent, in meteorology and understanding the space environment. Positioned in geostationary orbits, these satellites primarily were intended to provide research and development support to the new industry of space communications.

Although designed to operate for only three years, ATS 1 continued working until 1985--an extraordinary 19 years. During much of its operational life, ATS 1 was used for communications to remote areas and facilitated the delivery of emergency medical services and educational programs in Alaska and the Pacific.

NASA transferred this artifact, a prototype built by Hughes Aircraft, to the Museum in 1976.

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Hughes Aircraft Co.

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Communications

Materials
Aluminum
Glass
Paint
Electrical Wiring
Gold Plating
Plastic
Asbestos
Synthetic Fabric
Dimensions
3-D: 144.8 x 142.2cm, 317.5kg (57 x 56 in., 700lb.)

ID: A19761985000