Alouette 1 Satellite Programme National Historic Event

Ottawa, Ontario
The satellite’s antennas being tested at the de Havilland Aircraft Company plant at Downsview, Ontario; antenna extension tests (© A.H. Zimmerman, “The Alouette Story,” pp. 6 and 9)
Image of satellite
(© A.H. Zimmerman, “The Alouette Story,” pp. 6 and 9)
Address : 3701 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2007-06-08

Other Name(s):
  • Alouette 1 Satellite Programme  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2006-024, 2008-SCD/CED-020, 2008-043

Importance: Enabled Canada to be the third country in the world to design and build a successful satellite

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: Communications Research Centre 3701 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

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.