The Foundations of DRTE
(F.T. Davies)

A Brief History of CRC
(Nelms, Hindson)

The Early Days
(John Keys)

CRC's Pioneers


Bits and Pieces


The Alouette Program
The ANIK B Projects
David Florida Laboratory
Defence Communications
Detection Systems
The DRTE Computer
Doppler Navigation
HF Radio Resarch
The ISIS Program
Janet - Meteor Burst Communications
Microwave Fuze
Mobile Radio Data Systems
Prince Albert Radar Lab.
Radar Research
Radio Propagation Studies
Radio Warfare
Search and Rescue Satellite
Solid State Devices
Sounding Rockets
Trail Radio


John Barry - Doppler Navigation
John Belrose - The Early Years
Bert Blevis - The Role of the Ionosphere and Satellite Communications in Canadian Development
Bert Blevis - The Implications of Satellite Technology for Television Broadcasting in Canada
Richard Cobbold - A Short Biography of Norman Moody
Peter Forsyth - the Janet Project
Del Hansen - The RPL Mobile Observatory
Del Hansen - The Prince Albert Radar Laboratory 1958-1963
LeRoy Nelms - DRTE and Canada's Leap into Space
Gerald Poaps' Scrapbook
Radio Research in the Early Years
John Wilson - RPL as I Recall It, 1951-1956



Annual Reports





RCAF Centennial Project

The Canadian Aircraft Altitude Record

A Canadian altitude record was established by the RCAF with a CF-104 aircraft on 14 December 1967. The record was set by Wing Commander R.A. White from the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at the Canadian Forces Base, Uplands, Ottawa. Twelve flights were made near Shirley Bay and tracked by the DRTE 30 foot precision tracking antenna, designed by Northern Electric R&D Laboratories, Ottawa. The flights occurred in a test area beginning some 100 miles west of Ottawa. A small beacon vas installed in the nose of the aircraft operating on a frequency of 4 GHz. The aircraft was accurately tracked during the flight by the 30-foot antenna using the received beacon signal. Azimuth and elevation angles from the antenna position readouts and range to the aircraft from a pulse transponder system were recorded by a computer at tenth of a second intervals. From these data, with corrections for atmospheric refraction, the altitude was calculated. The aircraft achieved a level airspeed of 1,800 MPH during the record flight which reached an altitude of 100,110 feet. This was a Canadian record. The world record is 113,892 feet achieved by a Russian MIG-21 using a rocket booster in 1961, but International Aviation Federation rules no longer allow rocket booster aid in establishing height records for jet aircraft. The exacting series of measurements and authentication were made by J.W.B. Day, K.S. McCormick and W.J. Pawziuk of DRTE. The attempt at a record was part of the many special activities of Centennial Year.

The CF-104 aircraft, tail number 12700, used by W/C Bud White to set a Canadian altitude record for a jet aircraft. This was a Centennial Project of the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment which was located at RCAF Station Uplands in Ottawa.

Plot of the altitude of Bud White's aircraft during his record-breaking flight. The measurements were made from the new Satellite Communications facility at Building 46.

The aircraft track, left to right. Starting at an altitude of 45,000 feet, and flying along the jet stream, W/C White dove to about 32.000 feet to gain speed before he started the climb to his altitude record.