Communications Satellite, PCsat Thermal/Mass Model

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.