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Organization NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)
Mission type Communications, Engineering
Launch date September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)
Launch vehicle STS-51
Carrier rocket Space Shuttle
Launch site Cape Canaveral, United States
COSPAR ID 1993-058B
Mass 2733.0 kg
Experiments Here
Alternate Names Advanced Communications Technology Satellite, 22796
Nominal Power 1770.0W
Additional Information Here
Telecommunications Information Here
Data Collection Here

The objectives of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) include: (1) maintaining U.S. leadership in satellite communications; (2) providing advanced communications technology for NASA missions and other government agencies; (3) testing and verifying advanced technologies including high power, fast hopping spot-beam antennas, Ka Band (30/20 GHz) components, and on-board processing and switching; and (4) testing and demonstrating technologies through an experiment program with participation by telecommunications users, service, and product providers. On 28 April 2004, ACTS was permanently shut down. It is electrically inert at this time. It will remain at 105 Re in an inclined geosynchronous orbit indefinitely.