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Alouette Satellite Model

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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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Defense Telecommunications Establishment Electronics Lab

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Plastic

Dimensions

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

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Unmanned

Inventory Number

A19761105000