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NUSAT (Northern Utah Satellite), a joint project between Weber State University and Utah State University, was the forerunner in a new type of world wide industry to build small, simple and low cost satellites for special applications. It was a small satellite to be used to demonstrate a method to evaluate the beams on the Federal Aviation Agency secondary radar systems. The 54.5kg satellite was deployed from a modified GAS canister on the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger, STS-51B, and it re-entered in 1986 after a 20 month life in orbit.

Alternate Names

  • 15666
  • NUSAT1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1985-04-29
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 52 kg

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Engineering

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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