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Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum

6701 Carnarvon, Australia (Western Australia)

Address Mahony Ave
 
 
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
 
Museum typ Exhibition
Amateur Radio / Military & Industry Radio
  • Air and Space (aviation, spaceflight etc.)
  • Radar


Opening times
April – September: daily 10am – 3pm; October – March: daily 10am – 2pm
closed: Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday

Admission
Status from 09/2018
Adults $10.00; Seniors & Concessions $8.00; Children $6.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $25.00

Contact
Tel.:08-99 41-99 01  eMail:frontdesk carnarvonmuseum.org.au  

Homepage www.carnarvonmuseum.org.au

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Location / Directions
S24.869167° E113.704722°S24°52.15002' E113°42.28332'S24°52'9.0012" E113°42'16.9992"

Carnarvon is a coastal town situated approximately 900 kilometres (560 mi) north of Perth, Western Australia. It lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean.

The Overseas Telecommunications Commissions (OTC) Satellite Earth Station (and now museum site) is situated at the northern end of Browns Range, about 6 kilometres from the centre of Carnarvon, and 4 kilometres north of the Tracking Station.

The Carnarvon Tracking Station was located 10 kilometres south from Carnarvon.

Description

The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum celebrates the little known history of the role Carnarvon played in the manned space program and in the Australian communications industry.

The museum focusses on two parts. The Carnarvon Tracking Station and the OTC Satellite Earth Station, for which each station played separate roles in the early space industry.

The Overseas Telecommunications Commissions (OTC) Satellite Earth Station

was opened in1966, initially with the 12.8 metre wide Casshorn antenna as part of the global satellite communications system. The Casshorn antenna has interacting parabolic and hyperbolic reflectors in a characteristic ‘sugar scoop’ form.

The Carnarvon Tracking Station

was built to support NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. It was commissioned in 1964 and operated for 11 years. It was the last station to communicate with the space capsules leaving the earth orbit, and the last to make contact before splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. At the height of the operation it had a staff of 220 people.

On 21 July 1969, the day of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Casshorn antenna relayed Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon from NASA's Honey Suckle Creek Tracking Station to Perth's TV audience via Moree earth station - the first live telecast into Western Australia. Later in 1969, the larger 29.6 metre wide steerable antenna was built to facilitate better communication between the NASA Tracking Station and the USA.


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