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Sea, Sun, and Space

For nearly a century, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been a focal point of space research and technology development. For sixty of those years, the U.S. Navy has used satellites for reconnaissance, weather and solar observation, communications, and navigation. Every career path that midshipmen can have will be influenced by the experimentation that NRL performs.

This exhibition, featuring models of satellites on loan from NRL, sheds light on exploring and understanding space: how scientific questions can drive technical developments and how engineering feats enable new fields of scientific study. Each of these satellites carried multiple payloads into orbit. Some payloads were scientific instruments designed to understand the space environment, such as spectrometers to track upper atmospheric winds. Other payloads tested prototype technologies, for instance, testing how different atomic clocks functioned in space. 

This exhibition traces a century of Navy efforts to use radio, and later satellite, hardware in the space environment. Each satellite model marks a significant and exciting step in scientific exploration and learning through hands-on engineering experience.

 

  

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We plan to have NRL experts shed more light on selected topics regarding this exhibition. There's only so much that will fit on a text panel!
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