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Woomera has been and still is the primary launch site in Australia for rockets. A recent additional site has been the Koonibba Test Range, from where, ... rocket will carry a small payload into the thermosphere where it will be released from the rocket to fall gently back to earth under a parachute ... Regarding Woomera, During the Cold War, Woomera had ...


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The photo you have is of DSS-46, which is actually at Tidbinbilla. It used to be DSS-44 at Honeysuckle Creek, but when that site was closed in 1981 the antenna was moved. When it was re-assembled in 83, a new self-supporting secondary reflector replaced the old quadripod (source). Here's a better photo of that bit: (Crop from 2005 image here by Eric Fehr) ...


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There's a good description of the planned landing procedure in the news item, Japan's Hayabusa2 space capsule to fall back to Earth after six-year asteroid mission. Essentially human observers on the ground at Woomera and in the air, combined with radar tracking and the use of a tracking beacon will be used to track and locate the returned capsule. As the ...


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In March 1961, the NASA tracking station at Muchea (31°36′12.24″S 115°55′49.80″E), in Western Australia became operational. It was station 8 of 14 of the network NASA had at the time. It was estalished for the Mercury program. It closed in February 1964 and was replaced by the tracking station at Carnarvon, Western Australia. Between 1966 and 1975 the ...


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Supplemental answer: Three sites in Australia were used to communicate with Apollo. Tidbinbilla (now called Canberra DSCC) Designed and continues to be used for tracking and communications of deep-space probes by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. One of three locations of the Deep Space Network (DSN). Located in the Australian Capital Territory, which ...


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Partial answer - For WRESAT at least, there was no tracking until the satellite passed back over Australia. As the rocket disappeared over the horizon, all the WRE team could do was wait to hear if the flight had been successful and WRESAT had withstood the stresses of launch. Ninety-nine minutes after launch, a NASA tracking facility in Carnarvon, Western ...


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Naive maybe, but your Google Maps picture appears to be correct. This page goes into the history of the Parkes Telescope. It's clear that it has never been moved and is at the Visitor Center location on the Google map. The 1965 map on this page shows the location of Honeysuckle Creek to be due south of Canberra, as shown on your Google map. So the ...


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There are at least not any others in the onboard and air-to-ground transcripts, as far as I can see https://historycollection.jsc.nasa.gov/JSCHistoryPortal/history/mission_trans/AS08_TEC.PDF https://historycollection.jsc.nasa.gov/JSCHistoryPortal/history/mission_trans/AS08_CM.PDF Honeysuckle communications have been preserved and digitized, available for ...


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This type of antenna is known as a phased array, typically a group of similar smaller antennas arranged side by side. The electrical signal feed to the array includes delay elements and sometimes attenuation elements to "weight" the signal fed to or from the antenna elements that combine to form a narrow beam. Modern phased arrays are often used in RADAR or ...


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