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Alouette 1 – Celebrating 50 Years of Canada in Space

Sam Ayre and Harry Kowalik working on the Alouette 1 mockup spacecraft.

Canada’s first satellite, Alouette 1, is best known for being dedicated to scientific research. But that is only part of the story. Alouette 1, which continues to silently orbit the Earth on the 50th anniversary of its launch, was as much a product of the Cold War as its more famous predecessor, Sputnik, and it was a forerunner of the communications satellites that have since …

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Launch of Canada's Satellites Delayed Yet Again Until at Least Q4

Early Thursday morning at 5.47 a.m. Indian local time, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the Indian built RISAT-1 earth observation satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. During the post-launch briefing ISRO chairman Dr K. Radhakrishnan said that the next Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch will be for the French SPOT-6 satellite in August.

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