Exmouth to become Australia’s space surveillance hub
May 22, 2014
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Defence David Johnston, of a combined space operations partnership with our partners in the UK, Canada and United States, which is set to significantly benefit Exmouth.
The partnership will allow for more effective and coordinated use of space capabilities through cooperation on activities such as identifying and understanding what objects are in space, ensuring uninterrupted satellite operations, and avoiding satellite collisions.
Ms Price said Australia’s contribution to the combined space operations partnership will include provision of space surveillance data from capabilities to be established at Exmouth’s Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station.
“I am pleased Exmouth has been selected to play a key role in Australia’s overall space operations and to be Australia’s hub for improving space surveillance coverage in the southern hemisphere,” Ms Price said.
“These operations will include a C-band radar and a Space Surveillance Telescope, which will be operated by the Royal Australian Air Force in cooperation with the Joint Space Operations Centre at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, by 2017.
“The C-band radar will provide accurate warning of potential collisions in low to medium earth orbit, and tracking of objects falling to earth over Australia or our immediate region.
“The Space Surveillance Telescope will provide increased capability for search, detection and tracking of small objects such as debris.”
Ms Price said this partnership agreement will allow Australia to continue exploring opportunities with our partners to further strengthen defence space cooperation, and represents a collective acknowledgement of the importance of space.