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Communications Research Centre Canada
This engineering model was used in simulated environmental testing. Compared to the Alouette and ISISsatellites, the Hermes’s technical innovations included an extendible array of solar cells to generate high power, a system of stabilizing spacecraft on three axes, and a new design for amplifying radio frequency.
The Hermes satellite was launched in January 1976 and operated until November 1979. It was used in experiments to extend communications services to Canada’s remote northern areas. Through this project, the Canadian space industry was able to expand its research and design capabilities significantly.