Saturday, May 5, 2012

OTC Satellite Earth Station, Carnarvon

Overlook the township of Carnarvon there is a large satellite dish. The
Overseas Telecommunications Base which is situated on the edge of the town
ceased to operate as an earth satellite base on 31 March 1987. Carnarvon
was the site of Australia's first earth station for satellite communications
and during the "Gemini" and "Apollo" space missions it was the station that
saw Australians viewing their first satellite television program - an
exchange between Carnarvon and London.

Unfortunately the area is now fenced off and not open to the public - it may
be about to undergo some renovations and refurbishment but there was no
signage to this affect.

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