The International Telecommunication Satellite Consortium (known as Intelsat) was formed in 1964 with the goal of creating and operating a global communication satellite system. As a step toward meeting this objective, Intelsat, from 1966 to 1967, launched four Intelsat II (IIA, IIB, IIC, IID) communications satellites, all built by the Hughes Aircraft Company.
Satellites IIB, IIC and IID operated successfully, facilitating international communications needs and serving as a vital part of NASA's world-wide communications network during the Gemini and Apollo programs. The Intelsat II satellites were retired by 1971 as the Intelsat III series came into service.
Hughes Aircraft donated this 1/24 scale model of an Intelsat II satellite to the Museum in 1975.