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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.


Canadian Satellites

Name
Date
Type
Launch Location
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
NEOSSat
Sapphire
BRITE CA-1, CA-2
25 February 2013
Near-Earth Object Surveillance
Missile early warning
Stellar photometry
Satish Dhawan Space Centre
Sriharikota, India

(The above list does not include any commercial Canadian satellites).


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