Model, Communications Satellite, Tacsat
- Hughes Aircraft
- Launched in 1969, Tacsat (Tactical Communications Satellite) was designed to improve the US military's ability to communicate with its forces on land, sea, or air. Tacsat's main feature was a set of large, powerful antennas. The strong signals they generated meant that military units required a relatively small antenna to received communications--a valuable feature for geographically dispersed or mobile forces.
- Tacsat also was used extensively in the Apollo program to assist with coordinating ships and aircraft in the Pacific Ocean during the recovery of returning space capsules.
- Hughes Aircraft donated this 1/24 scale model of a Tacsat satellite to the Museum in 1975.
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- Gift of Hughes Aircraft Co.
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- MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
- Plastic, aluminum, steel, paint
- 3-D: 38.1 × 12.1 × 14cm (1 ft. 3 in. × 4 3/4 in. × 5 1/2 in.)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
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- National Air and Space Museum
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