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Organization National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)
Mission type Engineering
Launch date April 29, 1985 (1985-04-29)
Launch vehicle STS-51B
Carrier rocket Space Shuttle
Launch site Cape Canaveral, United States
COSPAR ID 1985-034B
Mass 52.0 kg
Alternate Names Northern Utah Satellite, 15666
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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.