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Orroral Valley NASA Tracking Station in action

12 Oct 2011, 12:56 UTC
Orroral Valley NASA Tracking Station in action
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Orroral Valley was a NASA tracking station in the STADAN network, designed for telemetry, tracking and command, from 1965-1985. Orroral veteran Philip Clark has put together this short film of original footage. You can see the fabulous SATAN antenna, the operations room, and the whole tracking station under snow (it's in the Australian Alps). There's also the Wresat 1 satellite, which was sent to Orroral prior to launch at Woomera to check that all the systems would work. And - guess what - there's a rocket cake! Well, a space shuttle cake to be precise.

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