ANIK, World's First Synchronous Domestic Communications Satellite


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

In the 1960s, communications satellites emerged as a new, effective means to transmit telephone and television signals over great geographical distances. This capability became one of the signature accomplishments of the space age, highlighting the practical, everyday benefits of spaceflight. Through the 1970s and 1980s, use of these satellites rapidly increased, serving the needs of individual nations and international communications.

As prominent symbols of technical advance, communications satellites often were celebrated in poster art. The works frequently used a similar formula, combining cultural symbols, images of the satellite, and an overhead view of the Earth to reinforce pictorially the importance of space technologies in national or international life.

This poster is of Anik, a Canadian satellite launched in 1972 and the first dedicated to serving the communications needs of a single nation. The satellite was built by Hughes Space and Communications Company, which commissioned the poster.

Donated by Liz Scoggins to the Museum in 2012.

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Credit Line

Gift of Liz Scoggins, in memory of Wesley F. Wycoff and Garien H. Wycoff


Hughes Space and Communications Company

Country of Origin

United States of America


Poster, Aerospace Industry, Hughes Space and Communications Co., Anik


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61.1 × 45.7cm (2 ft. 1/16 in. × 1 ft. 6 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

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