One of the first satellites designed to provide space-based digital radio service to consumers in North America was recently donated  to the Smithsonian. The Sirius FM-4 broadcasting satellite was built as a flight-ready back-up for a constellation of three satellites manufactured by Space Systems/Loral. The FM-4 satellite will be on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar of the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

“We are honored that our FM-4 satellite will help the National Air and Space Museum tell the story of modern satellite communications and its powerful impact on everyday life,” said Princeton engineering alumnus Robert Briskman, a co-founder of SiriusXM. “Satellite radio now takes its place as one of the great innovations of our time to inspire the next generation of broadcasters.”

Briskman graduated from Princeton in 1954 with a degree in electrical engineering.

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