In photos: Alouette I launch anniversary marks 60 years of Canada in space
Launched on , the Alouette I science satellite marked Canada's entry into the space age. Canada was one of the first countries to design and build its own satellite, long before the creation of the Canadian Space Agency.
Experts from Canada's Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment had to overcome many challenges in the process of designing and building the state-of-the-art satellite, but Alouette I was a tremendous success by any measure. Although it was designed with a one-year lifetime, Alouette I transmitted useful data for over 10 years! From its 1000-km orbit, it provided over one million images to study the ionosphere, the electrically charged layer of the upper atmosphere that can affect long-distance radio transmission.
Following this great accomplishment, Canada and the United States signed an agreement to launch more satellites: Alouette II, ISIS I and ISIS II were launched in , and respectively. And many other collaborations in space missions followed.
Here are a few archive images:
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