This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
Launched in 1974, Applications Satellite Technology 6 (ATS 6) was the last of a series of NASA experimental satellites designed to test new communications, meteorological, and other technologies. The spacecraft used three-axis stabilization to maintain a constant orientation toward Earth, especially important for ATS 6's principal mission of communications.
These momentum wheels (two of three on the spacecraft) helped ATS 6 maintain this stabilization.
These artifacts are flight spares, which NASA transferred to the Museum in 1978.
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- Cadmium Plating
- Non-magnetic Metal
- Copper Alloy
- Approximate (Each): 34.3 × 33 × 10.2cm (13 1/2 × 13 × 4 in.)
- Storage: 97.2 × 48.3 × 29.8cm (38 1/4 × 19 × 11 3/4 in.)