CSIRO Telescope Facilities,Tracking Stations
Tidbinbilla Tracking Station
Tidbinbilla tracking station is a deep space communication complex, just outside Canberra Australia. There are three active antennas plus another that is originally from Honeysuckle Creek, but was moved in 2009. This antenna was in contact with Neil Armstrong in 1969, when he first landed on the moon. Two new Beam Wave guide antennas are being built, and are expected to be online in 2014-2016. Each day the antennas are directed to receive or transmit data from space craft.The schedule for today for example: monday the 11th of November is as follows;Antenna DSS-34 - Deep space network activities, LADEE Lunar Mission, Stereo A: 3D Solar imagery.Antenna DSS-43- Space infra red telescope facility, Voyager 2, Cassini - orbiting Saturn.Antenna DSS-45- Mars Odyssey, Mars orbiter mission, Voyager 2, Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.
CSRIO runs the Australia Telescope , it is made up of three observatories, at Parks, Coonabarabran and Narrabri. Parks has a 64m telescope,which has recently been upgraded by NASA and is used to recieve and handle transmissions from robotic spacecraft. Coonabarabran has a 22m dish and Narrabri has a set of six, 22m dishes. They work together as one telescope called an array.The main roles of antennas are Telemetry, which is gathering and measuring data from remote area craft, Tracking, Control and Monitoring. These provide communication between Earth and spacecraft.Researchers from around the world can apply to use the CSRIO facilities. More than 80% of users are from outside the CSRIO.