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Communications Satellite, PCsat Thermal/Mass Model

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Manufacturer: United States Naval Academy

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Spacecraft bus: 10 in high x 10 in wide x 10 in. deep (25.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Antennas: Four 6.5 in (16.51 cm) and four 19.5 in (49.53 cm)

Materials: Aluminum, plastic, copper, glass

PCsat, developed by U.S. Naval Academy students and launched in 2001, allows amateur users to report and receive position information and messages from specially designed walkie-talkies nearly anywhere in the world. This artifact is an engineering model used to test the thermal and mass properties of the satellite. Note that the antennas are metal strips cut from commercially-available measuring tape.

The United States Naval Academy donated this artifact to the Museum in 2004.

Gift of the United States Naval Academy Small Satellite Program.

Inventory number: A20040208000

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