The Advanced Communications Technology Satellite
(ACTS), a significant activity of the NASA Space Communications Program,
provided for the development and flight test of high-risk,
advanced communications satellite technology.
multiple spot beam antennas and advanced on-board switching
and processing systems, ACTS pioneered new initiatives
in communications satellite technology. NASA Glenn Research
Center was responsible for the development, management,
and operation of ACTS as part of a long legacy of experimental
April 28, 2004, the NASA Advanced Communications
Technology Satellite (ACTS) was permanently shut
is electrically inert at this time. It will remain
at 105 in an inclined geosynchronous orbit indefinitely.