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Geoscience Australia plays an important role in international earth observation operations through collaboration with a number of satellite operators. Australia's position on the globe places it in an ideal spot to assist in acquiring satellite data for northern hemisphere satellite operators to obtain comprehensive earth observation coverage.

Geoscience Australia has an agreement with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to downlink earth observation imagery data captured by onboard recorders on Landsat-5 and Landsat-7. This data is then recorded on digital tape and regularly shipped to the USGS. Our Data Acquisition Facility (DAF) in Alice Springs also records telemetry from Landasat-5 and Landsat-7 that contains important information about the health of these satellites' critical systems. This information is relayed back to the spacecraft operators in real time.

Soon after the launch of ALOS (Advanced Land Observing System), Geoscience Australia signed an agreement with the Japanese Government to distribute earth observation satellite data to governments and the public throughout the Oceania region.

For advice regarding Ground Station Operation please contact Earth Observation Client Services.

Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: August 7, 2012