|Walter Heikkila and Sid Penstone in 1960. Photo c/o NRC.|
Since 1994, this early history has come together into a fascinating window on post World War II Canadian science at the Friends of the CRC website.
The site, with its vast repertoire of Canadian space history curated and written by many of the same individuals who experienced it first hand, provides an unmatched look at some of the greatest early Canadian scientific accomplishments.
These include the Allouette satellite program, the Anik B pilot projects, the Telidon program (which from 1978 to 1985 served as the original Canadian internet), Hermes (an experimental satellite built to test early concepts for communications satellites), the development of which eventually became the Black Brant sounding rockets and even preliminary research into what became the first satellite based search and rescue systems.
In essence, the website is a gold mine of first hand Canadian history generally lost to the public and well worth multiple viewings.
It's the REAL, "secret space" program.
Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.