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The Alouette 1 Satellite Programme

Alouette 1 Satellite Programme

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted December, 2011

Alouette 1 Satellite Programme

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At the entrance to the Government of Canada's
Communications Research Centre on Carling Avenue
1.5 km east of Herzberg Road


Coordinates: N 45 20.697 W 75 52.975

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Plaque Text

Alouette 1 was launched on September 29, 1962, making Canada the third country in the world to design and build a satellite. The data gathered during its ten-year lifespan greatly extended our knowledge of the ionosphere and the Earth's upper atmosphere, and validated the innovative design and stringent testing used in its development. Conceived by a team of engineers and scientists at the Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment, Alouette 1 was a scientific success and an engineering feat that enabled the space programme to prosper and contributed to the emergence of a Canadian space industry.

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