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My suffix is low calorie,

You could probably find me in a special gallery,

With three I am a type of test,

Some of me were made in a contest,

I come in many variations,

None made of brie, but I can be found in many locations,

I can play many roles such as a wide receiver, best buddy to a close friend,

Or even be a base for a far-away frontier where people can ascend

What am I?

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I suspect you are

a satellite.

My suffix is low calorie,

"lite" is often how lo cal items are described.

You could probably find me in a special gallery,

There are exhibits that show various types of satellites.

With three I am a type of test,

This Tyo-style clue says the first three letters are a type of test; SAT fits.

Some of me were made in a contest,

SEDS apparently has done multiple contests, most recently the 2016-17 SSPI Satellite Design Competition

I come in many variations,

Indeed. There are many types of satellites, natural and artificial, for a whole array of uses.

None made of brie, but I can be found in many locations,

The moon is a natural satellite, and is (speculation notwithstanding) not made of cheese. Most planets in our system have moons, and some exomoons have been identified.

I can play many roles such as a wide receiver,

Satellites are used for signal transmission and relay, and there are "satellite receivers" of various types.

best buddy to a close friend,

The word satellite also means "a person who follows or serves another", or this may simply be referencing our own moon, with the Earth being our (very) close friend.

Or even be a base for a far-away frontier where people can ascend

This perhaps is a reference to the ISS or similar, or maybe to part of a space elevator system.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yup that is correct, good job explaining all of the parts. $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Apr 21 '18 at 16:13

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