Model, Communications Satellite, Syncom A.M. Radio
- Hughes Aircraft
- Launched on July 26 1963, Syncom 2 was the second of three communication satellites developed by Hughes Aircraft Company in the early 1960s to demonstrate the feasibility of space based communications technology from geosynchronous orbit. Syncom 2 flew in an inclined rather than an equatorial geosynchronous orbit. The latter became the standard orbit for most subsequent communications satellites, including Syncom 3.
- NASA used Syncom 2 to conduct a number of engineering tests and public demonstrations of the possibilities of satellite communications. In August 1963, President John F. Kennedy used the spacecraft to make a telephone call to Nigerian Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa. It was the first two-way call between heads of state via satellite.
- The Museum's artifact originally was given to Dr. Hugh Dryden, Deputy Administrator of NASA. Mrs. Dryden donated the scale model (which includes an AM radio) to NASM in 1974.
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- Gift of Mrs. Hugh Dryden.
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- MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
- Plastic, paint, brass, steel, synthetic felt
- Overall: 7 1/2in. x 7in. x 8in. (19.1 x 17.8 x 20.3cm)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
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