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On September 29, 1962 the Canadian-built Alouette I satellite was launched into orbit aboard a Thor-Agena launch vehicle. It was the first satellite launched into space which was built entirely by a country other than US or USSR.

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John Chapman with a model of the Alouette I

This success was followed by three more scientific satellites to study the effects of the inosphere on radio communications in the North from the orbital altitude of approximately 1000 km.

The Allouette/ISIS program was chosen in 1992 as one of the few Milestones of Engineering by IEEE.

The Alouette Satellite - Technical Facts

How It All Began - A Speech by C.A. Franklin

30th Anniversary of Alouette I - A Brief Look at the History and Impact of the Alouette

Alouette-ISIS Program Summary - select text from the official NASA release

Other sites for the Alouette Satellite: