Communications Satellite, NUSAT 1


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:

NUSAT 1 (Northern Utah Satellite) was the first student-organized satellite project. It was built by students at several Utah universities and flew on the Space Shuttle in 1985. The satellite measured patterns of air traffic control radars worldwide and opereated for about eight months.

This artifact is an engineering model used to test the strength of the spacecraft structure as part of the design and development process. Weber State College, one of the universities participating in the project, donated it to the Museum in 1987.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Weber State College


Country of Origin

United States of America




Overall: 16 in. diameter (40.6cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

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