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OFI Helps Space Surveillance Telescope to Capture First Images in Exmouth

By April 24, 2020 September 16th, 2020 Company News, Project Updates

Images of space from the Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) in Western Australia have been captured, marking a significant milestone for the Defence space project.

SMC Space Surveillance Telescope

The Space Surveillance Telescope has achieved “first light,” reaching a key milestone after it was moved from New Mexico to Western Australia through a partnership between the U.S and Australia. (Courtesy Photo by MIT Lincoln Laboratory)

The first pictures from the joint Australia-United States space facility at Exmouth on WA’s Coral Coast follows its reassembly in a purpose-built facility, complete with a 270-tonne rotating dome.

OFI was a major electrical and communications infrastructure subcontractor for the SST and are proud to be part of successful projects that highlight the skills and commitment of our team with complex and critical projects.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the telescope is a game changer for Defence.

“This world-leading, 360-degree telescope will enable Defence to better track and identify objects and threats in space including space debris, as well as predict and avoid potential collisions,” Minister Reynolds said.

“I’m particularly proud of the contribution by local companies, and that this facility highlights the important role regional Australia has to play in the safety and security of our nation.”

The Space Surveillance Telescope will now undergo extensive testing and is expected to be operational in 2022.

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