Western Australia spacetrack radar on line

From: Allen Thomson via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 01:16:52 +0000 (UTC)

Space surveillance radar system fully operational
By Richard Tomkins   |   March 7, 2017 at 11:38 AM

March 7 (UPI) -- A C-band space surveillance radar system jointly operated by the United States and Australia has reached Full Operational Capability, the Australian Department of Defense reports.

The system, which tracks satellites and space debris, was gradually relocated to Western Australia by the U.S. Air Force from Antigua in the Caribbean beginning in 2014.

"The C-Band radar operated from Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station near Exmouth, Western Australia, is the first low-earth orbit space surveillance network sensor in the Southern Hemisphere," Australian Minister for Defense Marise Payne said in a press release.

"In its new location, the radar provides both southern and eastern hemisphere coverage that will lead to improved positional accuracies and predictions."
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