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  1. One Amateur’s Adventures inThe Canadian Space Program

  2. Rockets1960 - 1965

  3. The Velvet Glove Missile1951 - 1956

  4. The Black Brant Upper Atmosphere Rocket 27 ft. long, 17 inches diameter Weight 2000 lb. Thrust: 20,000 lb.

  5. a Black Brant

  6. The first Bristol Black Brant II was launched from Churchill Manitoba in October 1960

  7. A daylight launch at Churchill 1960’s

  8. Black Brant III Smaller Less expensive 18 feet long, 10 inches diameter First Launched: June 1962 at Wallops Island Virginia

  9. 1960 - solid state telemetry transmitter for Black Brant III

  10. Amplifier - Quadrupler

  11. Wallops Island Virginia, June 1962

  12. Aerial view of the NASA range at Wallops Island on the Atlantic Coast of Virginia USA

  13. Mounting a Black Brant III on one of the Wallops rail launchers

  14. Bristol Engineer Ralph Bullock Checking out a BBIII payload

  15. NRC Engineer Ken Pulfer waiting for launch

  16. Four Black Brant III test firings were launched at Wallops in June 1962

  17. More BB IIIs Summer 1963 California

  18. Goldstone receiving station Mojave desert California

  19. Guns1963 - 1967

  20. and his 16 inch smooth bore gun McGill University Professor Dr Gerry Bull

  21. Barbados test firing of the 16 inch gun. Length 120 feet, Acceleration 5,000 to 20,000 g Gerry Bull was assassinated in 1990 after selling super guns to Saddam Hussein

  22. Satellites 1970 - 1985

  23. Designed and built at CRC, for about $50 million, CTS was launched 17 Jan 1976.

  24. Also at CRC, in 1976, Canadademonstrated the first satellite Search and Rescue System, using Amateur satellite Oscar VI

  25. Started in 1980 and launched in 1995, Radarsat-1 shows ice floes off Ellesmere Island

  26. Manned Space Program1975-1989

  27. The Canadarm In 1969, Canada received an invitation from NASA to join the U.S. Space Shuttle Program. In July 1975, an agreement was signed committing Canada to provide NASA with a robotic arm called the "Remote Manipulator System," (RMS) for the shuttle’s cargo bay.

  28. The National Research Council developed the Manipulator System, Dr. Garry Lindberg was the first project manager. Work began on the program in 1975. SPAR Aerospace was selected as prime contractor. • Canada built the first arm, paying for its design, construction and testing and in April 1981 it was delivered to NASA. • NASA bought three more arms at $75 million each.

  29. Jim Abrahamson In 1981 he was deputy head of the Shuttle program Later he headed up Reagan’s “Star Wars” anti ballistic missile program

  30. First Canadarm Flight • In the fall of 1981, the second manned flight of the Space Shuttle carried a Canadarm • The Shuttle was piloted by US astronaut Joe Engle, and the ARM was operated by US astronaut Dick Truly • I went to Florida for the launch and then to Mission Control in Houston for the week of the flight

  31. Shuttle STS-2 on the launch pad at Cape Kennedy December 1981

  32. Mission Control , Houston Texas

  33. Saturn V at Johnson Space Centre, Houston Texas

  34. My son Jim at age 17 at Mission Control Houston, admiring the business end of a Saturn V Moon Rocket December 1981

  35. The Canadarm in space aboard the Shuttle

  36. Back in Ottawa after the Shuttle flight

  37. Cross Canada Tour - Winter of 1981 / 1982

  38. The Canadian Astronaut Program • In September 1982 Canada was invited by NASA to put a Canadian astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle • At NRC we started a minimum program with 6 astronauts • In 1984 Marc Garneau, was the selected to be the first Canadian in space

  39. Pre-dawn launch of Marc’s flight October 5th 1984

  40. Marc and Bob on the tour - in Victoria?