SPAR Aerospace Hermes Satellite

SPAR Aerospace Hermes Satellite

Current location:

Collection Storage Facility

Provenance:

Communications Research Centre Canada

Technical history:

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.

History:

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.

CSTM
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Artifact No.
1982.0655
Manufacturer
SPAR Aerospace Products Ltd
Manufacturer Location
Toronto, Ontario
Manufacture Date
1970s
Acquisition Date
1982