Today in aviation history – August 26, 1982

aviation history, Space

Anik D1

The Anik D1 satellite is launched by Telesat Canada to provide television signals across the country.  A Hughes Aircraft HS376, Anik (which means “little brother” in Inuktitut) D1 was retired in 1991.

Telesat Canada launched a number of Anik models between 1972 and 2007 with 3 still in operation.  Launch vehicles included Delta, Ariane and Proton/Breeze-M rockets and 4 were launched from the Space Shuttles – Discovery, Challenger and Columbia.