- Alouette 2
Alouette 2 was a
Canadianresearch satellite launched at 4h48 UTCon November 29, 1965by a Thor Agenarocket with Explorer 31 from the Western test range at Vandenberg AFBin California. It was (like its predecessor Alouette 1, and Explorer 31) designed to explore the ionosphere.
The name "Alouette" came from the French for "skylark" and from the title of a popular
French-Canadianfolk song. Alouette II was also known as ISIS-X since it was the first in a series of ISIS satellites: International Satellites for Ionospheric Studies. The next one was called ISIS-I.
The Alouette 2 was built up from the identical backup satellite to
Alouette 1. It had many more experiments and more sophisticated support systems than the earlier satellite. It lasted for 10 years, being terminated on August 1, 1975.
RCA Victor of
Montrealwas the prime contractor.
* [http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog?sc=1965-098A 1965-098A] at
* [http://archives.cbc.ca/science_technology/space/clips/426/ CBC Archives: Launching the Alouette 2 satellite]
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