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Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere. Nation: Canada.

Ionospheric research.


Specification

Total Mass: 145 kg.


Alouette Chronology


29 September 1962 Alouette 1 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Thor Agena B. Mass: 145 kg. Perigee: 987 km. Apogee: 1,022 km. Inclination: 80.5 deg.

Ionospheric research. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B).


29 November 1965 Alouette 2 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: TA Thor Agena B. Mass: 145 kg. Perigee: 499 km. Apogee: 2,707 km. Inclination: 79.8 deg.

Ionospheric research; data correlated with Explorer 31. The double-launch project, known as ISIS-X was the first in a new co-operative NASA-Canadian Defense Research Board program for International Satellites for Ionospheric Studies. Alouette was in orbit with an apogee just over a kilometre lower than Explorer 31's and with a perigee of just more than a kilometre higher. The orbits were some 3000 km at apogee and 500 km at perigee.



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