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Other Designations: Applications Technology Satellite. Class: Technology. Type: Communications. Nation: United States. Agency: NASA, NSF. Manufacturer: Hughes.

The goals for ATS-3 included investigations of spin stabilisation techniques and VHF and C-band communications experiments. In addition to fulfilling its primary mission, it also provided regular communications service to sites in the Pacific basin and Antarctica, provided emergency communications links during the 1987 Mexican earthquake and the Mt. St. Helens disaster, and supported the Apollo Moon landings. The satellite also provided the first colour images from space as well as regular cloud cover images for meteorological studies. Spacecraft: Spin stabilised, drum solar array providing 175 W BOL, NiCd batteries. Payload: C-band and VHF communications packages, Earth imaging camera


Design Life: 3 years. Total Length: 1.5 m. Maximum Diameter: 1.5 m. Total Mass: 365 kg.

ATS-3 Chronology

05 November 1967 ATS 3 Program: ATS. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: SLV-3 Atlas / Agena D. Mass: 365 kg. Perigee: 35,736 km. Apogee: 35,837 km. Inclination: 14.5 deg.

Communications tests.


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