Anik satellite is launched

April 27, 2017

The Anik B1 satellite launch

The Anik B1 satellite launch. Courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, 08_01279


Telesat Canada was created in 1969 to operate a domestic, commercial satellite system. It launched its first satellite, the Anik A1, in November 1972. It was joined in April 1973 by the Anik A2 and in May 1975 by the Anik A3. With these satellites, Canada became the first country to use satellites for domestic communications.

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