New Exhibit

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On display starting June 1st

Almost everyone around the world uses man-made satellites daily.

Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, humans have sent thousands of satellites into space, all with different purposes. Some are used for communication, navigation, Earth observation, weather, and much more! From sending text messages, to avoiding traffic, to making scientific discoveries, satellites are helping us gather and share more information than ever before.

gps block iia

EXHIBIT ARTIFACT

GPS Block IIA

The GPS Block IIA satellites, launched between 1990 and 1997, represent a critical development in the history of global positioning technology. These second-generation satellites improved upon the capabilities of their predecessors, enhancing signal reliability and accuracy. Their successful deployment paved the way for the GPS systems we rely on today, revolutionizing everything from navigation to timekeeping.

What to expect:

gyroscope

Spin around using gyroscopic motion

satellite-orbit

See the orbits of different satellites

Test a design in a wind tunnel

satellites

Control a satellite's orbit

Test a design in a wind tunnel