Te­le­scope base works on track

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Con­struc­tion of the base for a re­homed te­le­scope in Ex­mouth is on track with works ex­pected to be com­pleted by mid-2018.

The space sur­veil­lance te­le­scope will be shipped from the US to Aus­tralia mid-2017.

In­te­gra­tion with the Harold E Holt Naval Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sta­tion is mooted for later in the year.

A Depart­ment of De­fence spokesman said lo­cal busi­nesses such as Ex­mouth Civil had been en­gaged on the project.

“A num­ber of Ex­mouth-based com­pa­nies ... were ap­pointed to ren­o­vate and up­grade a build­ing within the Naval Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sta­tion Harold E Holt precinct, which will be used as a site office dur­ing the con­struc­tion,” he said.

“Lo­cal in­dus­try will con­tinue to be en­gaged where pos­si­ble through­out the project.”

SITZLER is the in­te­grated man­age­ment con­trac­tor for the con­struc­tion of the space sur­veil­lance te­le­scope fa­cil­ity.

It is an­tic­i­pated that Aus­tralian ini­tial oper­at­ing ca­pa­bil­ity will be met at the end of 2019.

The te­le­scope will be­come a vi­tal part of mon­i­tor­ing and pro­tect­ing satel­lites.

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