Rebuilding Mt Stromlo after the fires

10 July 2003


A contract to rebuild the Mt Stromlo satellite laser ranging (SLR) facility has reinforced Australia's crucial role in international satellite tracking.

Geoscience Australia's Satellite Laser Ranging facility at Mt Stromlo destroyed by firestorm on 18 January 2003.

Geoscience Australia's Satellite
Laser Ranging facility at Mt
Stromlo destroyed by firestorm
on 18 January 2003
© Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia's Satellite Laser Ranging facility at Mt Stromlo at the time of its opening in 1997

Geoscience Australia's Satellite
Laser Ranging facility at Mt
Stromlo at the time of its opening
in 1997
© Geoscience Australia

The Mt Stromlo station (pictured at right) was one of the most technologically advanced satellite laser ranging systems in the world. This new contract means that we can affirm Australia's position at the forefront of this important field."

Queanbeyan firm, EOS Space Systems Pty Ltd, who designed and built the original facility, has been engaged to rebuild the original $6m Geoscience Australia structure housed at Mt Stromlo which was completely destroyed earlier this year in Canberra's devastating firestorm.

"We expect the restored facility to rapidly attain the high global ranking achieved by its predecessor," said Federal Industry Parliamentary Secretary, Warren Entsch.

Geoscience Australia's Satellite Laser Ranging facility at Mt Stromlo at the time of its completion in October 1998.

Geoscience Australia's Satellite
Laser Ranging facility at Mt
Stromlo at the time of its
completion in October 1998
© Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Dr Neil Williams, said the new facility would be rebuilt as one of the world's best tracking stations by an Australian company that is a world leader in this field.

"The Mt Stromlo SLR facility was one of only a small number of SLR stations in the Southern Hemisphere, determining the precise position and orbit of satellites crucial for global navigation, surveying, and communication links," said Dr Williams.

Reconstruction work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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