Alouette Satellite Model


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Space Science exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a plastic full-scale model of the Alouette 1 satellite. The original, Canada's first space satellite, was designed to study the ionosphere. It was launched from the Pacific Missile range on September 29, 1962 atop a Thor-Agena vehicle and placed into a nearly circular orbit with an apogee 617 miles and a perigee 646 miles, inclined 80 degrees to the equator. Two very long (150 ft., and 75 ft.) antennae were deployed after the spacecraft reached its station. The onboard instruments provided data for 10 years, far exceeding their expected lifetime. This low-fidelity model was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in August 1972. It was evidently fabricated in a mould, hence many copies should be in existence.

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Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin

United States of America




Approximate: 3 ft. 6 in. diameter x 2 ft. 10 in. tall, 86 lb. (106.68 x 86.36cm, 39kg)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum