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ATS-1
Part of HS 306 Family
ATS-1
ATS-1
Credit: NASA
American communications technology satellite. ATS 1. During its 18 year lifetime, ATS-1 examined spin stabilization techniques, investigated the geostationary environment, and performed several communications experiments. Communication / Meteorology satellite built by Hughes for NASA, USA. Launched 1966 - 1967. Used the HS-306 bus.

AKA: Applications Technology Satellite. Status: Operational 1966. First Launch: 1966-12-07. Last Launch: 1966-12-07. Number: 1 . Gross mass: 352 kg (776 lb). Height: 1.30 m (4.20 ft).

Its VHF experiment tested the ability to act as a link between ground stations and aircraft, demonstrated collection of meteorological data from remote terminals, and evaluated the feasibility of using VHF signals for navigation.

ATS-1 transmitted educational programs and provided health, research, and community services to the US and several Pacific island countries, including the Cook, Mariana, Marshall and Caroline Islands, West and American Samoa, Melanesia, New Zealand, and Australia. The mission also provided the first full-Earth cloud cover images.

The spin stabilized spacecraft had an aluminum structure, with a drum solar array providing 180W BOL. Other systems included 2 6 Ah NiCd batteries, a hydrazine stationkeeping system, a nutation damper, two sun sensors, and two accelerometers. Payloads included ion detectors, spectrometers, a camera, a C-band communications experiment (also used for international television broadcasts) and a VHF communications package


More at: ATS-1.

Family: Communications technology sat, Geosynchronous orbit, Technology. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Atlas, Atlas SLV-3 Agena D. Projects: ATS. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral LC12. Agency: NASA, NSF, Hughes. Bibliography: 2, 278, 279, 3583, 3584, 6, 6369, 12123.
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1966 December 7 - . 02:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC12. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas SLV-3 Agena D.
  • ATS 1 - . Payload: ATS B. Mass: 352 kg (776 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Program: ATS. Class: Technology. Type: Communications technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: HS 306. Spacecraft: ATS-1. Completed Operations Date: 1985-04-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 2608 . COSPAR: 1966-110A. Apogee: 35,783 km (22,234 mi). Perigee: 35,728 km (22,200 mi). Inclination: 12.5000 deg. Period: 1,434.50 min.

    Applications Technology Satellite; communications and meteorological experiments. Positioned in geosynchronous orbit over the Americas at 151 deg W in 1966-1968?; over the Americas at 149 deg W in 1968-1982; over the Pacific Ocean 170 deg E in 1982-1985 As of 3 September 2001 located at 167.30 deg E drifting at 0.065 deg E per day. As of 2007 Mar 9 located at 59.28W drifting at 0.332E degrees per day.



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