NUSAT (Northern Utah Satellite)
An air traffic control radar calibration satellite built by Weber State
University (WSU) and Utah State University (USU) students and staff at Ogden,
Utah. It was deployed from a modified Get-Away
Special canister on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
NUSAT measured 48 cm in diameter and was an 18-sided cylinder. It orbited
for 20 months until reentering on the December 15, 1986, and demonstrated
that satellites could be built small, simple, and at low cost for special
applications. With this satellite, WSU and USU shared the claim to be the
first American University to place a satellite in space.
||Apr. 29, 1985
||318 × 339 km × 57.0°
AND SPACE PROBES