Canada has a very active space program. In 1962 Canada became only the third nation in the world to orbit a satellite, and in 1972 Canada became the first nation to deploy its own national geostationary satellite communications network. The robot arms used by the American Space Shuttle (Canadarm) are Canadian designed and built. Canada's contributions to the ISS are not trivial. In fact, without the Canadarm2 (a major component of the Canadian Mobile Servicing System), future construction efforts on the ISS would not be possible.
Canada has an active core of trained astronauts. Eight Canadians have flown in space aboard the US Space Shuttle. There are currently three Canadian astronauts working within NASA.
To learn more about Canadian space activities, visit the Canadian Space Agency home page.
|Alouette 1||29 September 1962||Earth magnetosphere||Vandenberg AFB, CA, United States|
|Alouette 2||29 November 1965||Earth magnetosphere||Vandenberg AFB, CA, United States|
|ISIS-I||30 January 1969||Earth magnetosphere||Vandenberg AFB, CA, United States|
|ISIS-II||1 April 1971||Earth magnetosphere||Vandenberg AFB, CA, United States|
|CTS-1||17 January 1976||Communications technology||Cape Canaveral, FL, United States|
|RADARSAT-1||4 November 1995||Radar Earth imaging||Vandenberg AFB, CA, United States|
|MOST||30 June 2003||Space telescope||Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia|
|SCISAT-1||13 August 2003||Atmospheric observation||Vandenberg AFB, CA, United States|
|RADARSAT-2||14 December 2007||Radar Earth imaging||Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan|
BRITE CA-1, CA-2
|25 February 2013||r-Earth Object Surveillance
Missile early warning
|Satish Dhawan Space Centre
(The above list does not include any commercial Canadian satellites).
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